Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, May 6, 2021
Since January 2021, wide-scale consultations with representatives of the media sector and civil society are being organized by the Media Dialogue project with the aim of ensuring an inclusive and participatory drafting of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. After months of joint work, on April 29 – May 1 a conference took place to discuss the first draft of the Information Policy Concept, which was drafted by an interministerial working group and representatives of media sector following analyses and consultations with all interest groups. Feedback and recommendations from all stakeholders were incorporated in the final document and next conference to present the final document is planned for the beginning of June. Moreover, the confererence served the purpose of strengthening collaborative links among stakeholders and enhanced accountability for the implementation of the Concept. Members of the Working Group on development of the Concept signed a “Memorandum of intent to create a public platform to assist in the implementation of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2021-2025.”
The European Partnership for Democracy within the frames of the Media Dialogue project is launching an Investigative Journalism School jointly with «Temirov Live» investigative channel. A selected number of promising emerging journalists will be equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of investigative journalism, with tools for information gathering and verification, risks and safety in investigations. A team of experienced trainers will train participants who want to learn to do quality investigations over the summer. By the end of the training the best graduates will conduct their own investigations with the support of the mentors. The call for applications is open untill May 16.
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, email@example.com or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.