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Media Dialogue Newsletter #23

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 26 November, 2020

On November 24, the Media Dialogue project facilitated a meeting with media chief editors, civil society representatives, bloggers / digital activists and the expert community consisting of lawyers, economists, political and socio-economic experts in Bishkek to discuss avenues for strengthening the independent information space and to safeguard freedom of speech in the Kyrgyz Republic. The meeting was called after the draft of a proposed new Constitution was posted on the website of Zhogorku Kenesh, which includes elements that could seriously harm freedom of speech in the country. The participants emphasized the need to join forces and produce quality content to raise awareness on these potential harmful elements. Semetey Amanbekov, one of the participants and a Deputy Head of the Independent Union of Journalists, emphasized that “Article 23 of the draft Constitution threatens freedom of speech. It is important to have a platform where we [representatives of media and civil society] can all communicate, share information and raise awareness on this threat, in an effort to prevent any infringement of freedom of speech and attacks on journalists.” Participants agreed to regularly hold periodic meetings to discuss avenues to safeguard freedom of speech, and to invite journalists and editors of state media as well to the next meeting.

The Media Dialogue project jointly with the Women’s Democracy  Network will also support the facilitation of series of roundtable discussions gathering representatives of local municipalities, public organizations, civil activists, professional communities, and media sector, planned to be held in the regions of Kyrgyzstan from November 26 to December 12. The discussion will focus on the current status and challenges to freedom of speech, the legitimacy of the constitutional reform, and constitutional deliberation.

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our Communications Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407, cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #22

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 19 November, 2020

In response to the country’s evolving situation with COVID-19 pandemic, Media Dialogue project provided personal protective equipment to 15 media organizations, whose employees are at risk of contracting COVID-19 while conducting their work. The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), as the leading partner of the Media Dialogue, provided editorial staff with 140 liters of disinfecting antiseptics, 550 respiratory masks and 148 vests with the sign “Press”. Beneficiaries include “Azattyk”, Kloop Media, the radio “Salam”, radio “Volna Issyk-Kulya”, the multimedia information agency “Govori”, TV channel “Next TV”, TV channel TV1KG, electronic newspaper “Elgezit.kg”, TV company “TMG”, the newspaper “Novye Litsa”, the state newspaper “Kyrgyz Tuusu”, the media school “Yntymak” named after T.Tursunalieva, the public foundation “The Independent Union of Journalists of the Kyrgyz Republic”.

The Media Dialogue project’s Initiative Group, who drafted the Freedom of Speech Agreement with our support, issued a statement to express concern on violation of citizens’ rights to security, freedom of speech and expression, and pluralism of opinion taking place in the country after the annulled parliamentary elections in 2020 and to ask authorities to stop condoning the violation of laws and the violation of citizens’ rights and freedoms. The statement was signed by more than 80 organizations including newspapers, web-sites, TV channels, blogs, foundations, units, associations and other media organizations as well as representatives of civil society and media sector, experts, teachers and entrepreneurs from Bishkek and the regions of Kyrgyzstan. The collection of signatures continues. You can read the statement here: link.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #21

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 12 November, 2020

The Media Dialogue project closely collaborates with the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic in designing the Kyrgyz Republic’s Concept of Information Policy. In the framework of this collaboration, the European Partnership for Democracy supported the organization of the Annual Partnership Media conference taking place on 13th November, devoted to the Information and Press Day. The conference will be focused on two main topics of discussion, such as the security of media and challenges in the information sphere, as well as the role and legal status of social media and its influence on the elections. On this occasion, the vision, goals and priorities of the Information Policy till 2025 elaborated with the support of the Media Dialogue project will be presented by the Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism, with the support of representatives of the media sector.

On 7 November 2020, the Independent Union of Journalists of the Kyrgyz Republic – a grantee of the Media Dialogue project – presented the findings of the monitoring of instances of hate speech in mass media, internet sources and social networks during the 2020 parliamentary elections. The website hatespeech.kg now includes results of monitoring of the main social networks in Kyrgyzstan such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more than 40 media portals, accredited at the Central Elections Commission (CEC) of the Kyrgyz Republic. On the occasion of the presentation, the grantee presented the monitoring methodology, an analysis of 3016 articles published online as well as infographics of the analysis of political parties and candidates’ accounts.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #20

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 5 November 2020

On 2 November the Media Dialogue project partner Media Policy Institute issued on behalf of the Kyrgyz media community an appeal to the government on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The appeal encourages the government to ensure effective investigation of crimes perpetrated against journalists and editorial teams, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to make sure the government adheres to its obligations with respect to creating safe and favorable conditions for journalists. The full text of the appeal is available here

On 3 November, Article 19 – a partner of the Media Dialogue project – organized a hate speech workshop for the journalists from “Kloop” News Website. Kloop’s journalists had earlier completed a social media monitoring of instances of hate speech during the electoral campaign with the support of the Media Dialogue grants programme, hence the workshop consisted of two sessions – 1) the speech training and discussion, and 2) interpretation of the findings of the monitoring.

On 7 November, the Independent Union of Journalists of Kyrgyzstan will present on the occasion of Day of Information and Press the findings of the “Hate Speech Monitoring During the 2020Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan” project funded by the Media Dialogue grants programme, which is managed by ALDA, another partner of the Media Dialogue project. Representatives of the media sector, political parties, the Government of the KR, civil society, and international organizations will be invited to participate to the event.

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until late autumn of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #19

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 29 October, 2020

The Media Dialogue project has published an activity update on the activities that project partners will implement and strengthen in response to post-election developments and the recent threats to freedom of speech. The update can be read at the following link.

The Media Dialogue project in cooperation with the National Center of Mediation (NCM) have conducted the trainings “Conflict-Sensitive Journalism and Legal Aspects of Journalism During Elections” for journalists and lecturers on journalism. The trainings in online format were conducted for 64 media sector representatives in Chui, Osh, Issyk-Kul, Jalal-Abad, Talas and Batken regions. The training participants were able to apply gained knowledge and skills in their work during pre-election and post-election periods. New training session will be organized for the journalists of Naryn region from November 2 to 6, 2020 while offline trainings will be conducted for the journalists in Bishkek at the end of November.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until late autumn of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #18

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 22 October, 2020

In the framework of the Media Dialogue grants programme, the information agency 24.kg  organized a round table «Media and Power: Cooperation or Confrontation?». The participants of the round table discussed the challenging conditions under which the media sector is working, including the recent attacks to journalists and the climate of confrontation between authorities and the media, and pointed out that the government and media have to interact publicly and openly.

The video of the round table can be found out at the YouTube канале 24.kg

A detailed account of the event can be found at the following links:

Yesterday the CEC has announced that repeat parliamentary elections will take place on 20 December 2020. The grantee of the Media Dialogue project, the multimedia agency «Govori TV», analysed the implications of this decision in the framework of the TV program «Achyk Ait» (Talk openly) organized a discussion «Can the decision of the Central Elections Committee (CEC) to set the election date cause a new conflict?». You can watch the full TV program at the following link:

The grantee of the Media Dialogue project, the online newspaper «PolitKlinika», analyzed how recent political events have sparked an increase in instances of hate speech on social media. According to the article, negative and insulting comments targeting in particular political figures is increasing and there are more and more cases of denigration on the basis of certain characteristics, in particular ethnicity, religion, age and gender. This tendency raises concerns, as hate speech is spreading very quickly online and it is used to suppress someone else’s voice and opinion. You can read the article at the following link:

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #17

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 15 October, 2020

An increase in attacks and cases of intimidation against media has been witnessed following disputed elections and the involvement of destructive forces in political processes over the past week. Representatives of the media sector that had elaborated the “Freedom of Speech Agreement” ahead of elections, have jointly delivered a statement to denounce the recent violations of freedom of speech, whose drafting was facilitated by the European Partnership for Democracy in the framework of the Media Dialogue Project. The representatives also expressed their solidarity and support to colleagues who have been threatened and pressured in the past days and reaffirmed the importance to continue their professional activities, providing objective and comprehensive coverage of events in the country. The statement “Freedom of Speech is in Danger” can be read at the following link:

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #16

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, October 9, 2020

Attacks on journalists and interference in their reporting activities as well as Internet and telecommunications disruptions took place after protests erupted on 5 October in response to the announced election results. The Media Dialogue project partners, Media Policy Institute (MPI) and Article 19, denounced recent attacks on journalists and restrictions on access to communications and Internet and appealed to law enforcement for proper investigation. Links to the statements here:

In these difficult days for Kyrgyzstan following the annulment of the results of 2020 parliamentary elections, the Media dialogue grantees are reporting and covering post-election developments throughout the country.

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #15

Media Dialogue Newsletter

Bishkek, October 1, 2020

With the support of the Media Dialogue grants program, the Independent Union of Journalists of the Kyrgyz Republic is monitoring instances of hate speech by the political parties on the social networks during the 2020 parliamentary election campaign. The grantee has put particular attention in developing a social media monitoring methodology that collects data and analyses the campaign materials published by political parties to detect instances of hate speech. Elections respect democratic values only if electoral stakeholders abide by the legislation, including by avoiding the use of hate speech and inflammatory narratives or campaign materials. The results of monitoring can be found at hatespeech.kg

Another grantee of the Media Dialogue project, the information agency «24.kg», is organizing an advocacy campaign on the rights of citizens of Bishkek following the adoption of  a set of regulations by the Bishkek City Council that can negatively affect private land and property rights. The links to the recently published articles can be found here:

 

The group of  media stakeholders that recently issued and discussed with political parties the Freedom of Speech Agreement with the support of the Media Dialogue project is planning to meet on 3 October 2020 with the aim of discussing the next steps and developing recommendations to be addressed to the new Parliament for the implemention of the Agreement, as it was eventually signed by 15 parties running in the upcoming elections.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

 Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

 For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

 

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Media Dialogue Newsletter #14

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, September 25, 2020

On September 24, 2020 the European Partnership for Democracy organized in the framework of the
Media Dialogue project a meeting between representatives of the media sector in Kyrgyzstan and of the
political parties participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The main aim of the meeting was to
support freedom of expression in Kyrgyzstan and to introduce to parliamentarians the recently issued A
Freedom of Speech Agreement drafted by media stakeholders. All 16 political parties were invited to
participate at this meeting with the media sector. Among them, 15 political parties signed A Freedom of
Speech Agreement: “The Democratic Party “Birimdik”
(Unity)”, “Mekenchil”, “Yiman Nuru”, “Mekenim Kyrgyzstan”, “Reforma”, “Ata Meken”, “Zamandash”,
“Butun Kyrgyzstan”, “Social Democrats of Kyrgyzstan”, “Meken Yntymagy”, “The Political Party of the
Afghan War Veterans And Participants in Other Local Combat Conflicts”, “Ordo”, “Bir Bol”, “Respublika” and
“Chon Kazat”. Thus, future deputies of the parliament have demonstrated their commitment to improve
freedom of expression. The media sector representatives will monitor how political parties, elected to the
Seventh convocation of the Parliament, will implement the proposed actions included in the Agreement to
promote freedom of expression.

On September 28, 2020, the Media Policy Institute and the Article 19, two partners of the Media
Dialogue project, will deliver a joint video-statement in response to Kyrgyzstan’s Universal Periodic Review
recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council 45 th session. The session and the video-statement will be
live streamed through the following link:  http://webtv.un.org/live/

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to
harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training
and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related
content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual
journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade
their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging
government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as
members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more
conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance
self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or
restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing
monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups
initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to
boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our
activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of
expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with
our project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@epd.eu, or the Project
Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line
with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority
is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to
continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its
effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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