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Media Dialogue Newsletter №57

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, July 22, 2021

The Media Dialogue Project Lab took place in May 2021 in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. Following a five-day comprehensive training on developing capacity and sustainability of media organizations for ten media organizations selected on a competitive basis, the participants pitched their media projects developed throughout the Project Lab in a 2-day Media Hackathon, which have clear and sustainable business models and feasible monetization strategies. The teams presented their projects in front of their peers and a jury of media managers, representatives of IT companies and donor organizations. You can watch the experience of the participants and organizers in the Media Hackathon in this video.

Following the publication of the Legal Analysis of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on the Mass Media conducted by the Media Policy Institute, ARTICLE 19, in partnership with the Media Policy Institute, just published the legal analysis “Kyrgyzstan: Reform of Media Laws”, within the framework of the Media Dialogue project, The analytical report is intended to help stakeholders in Kyrgyzstan to promote reforms of media laws. To read the report, please click here. To read and consult all the legal analyses conducted in the framework of the Media Dialogue project, please visit the dedicated section of our website.

On July 15 and 19 the Media Dialogue project held online meetings with Mr. Nurlan Kubatovich Omurov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Deans of journalism faculties of the Bishkek State University, the Kyrgyz National University and the I. Arabayev Kyrgyz State University. The discussions focused on identifying possible areas for cooperation to improve curricula and modernize journalism education through practical training opportunities, including through experience sharing between schools of journalism in Kyrgyzstan and the EU. In April 2021, the European Partnership for Democracy within the frames of the Media Dialogue project conducted a curriculum analysis and needs assessment in journalism education in Kyrgyzstan. A summary of the needs assessment findings will be released in the coming days.

 

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 the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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 #56

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, July 15, 2021

The Media Dialogue Project Lab took place in May 2021 in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. This was one of the first comprehensive trainings that focuses on developing capacity and sustainability of media organizations. More than 30 journalists, producers, bloggers and managers, who work for Kyrgyz media, charities and civil society organizations, participated in the event. The trainers were international level experts from Ukraine and the UK with experience of holding educational events for media organisations from all over Eastern Europe and the CIS countries. You can watch the report video here.

The first stage of the Investigative Journalism School, organized by the Media Dialogue project in cooperation with TemirovLIVE, has finished. During this phase, participants learned how to use basic tools to search for information, how to follow key rules of cybersecurity, and how to verify authenticity of information, photos and videos. The graduation assignment gave the students an opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in practice: the students were split into seven teams and tasked with carrying out investigations on a specific topic they have chosen themselves. The top three performing students will be selected for an internship at TemirovLive. In these regards TemirovLIVE editor-in-chief Bolot Temirov said that: “Before launching the School of Investigative Journalism, we thought that the participants would find it very difficult to absorb all of the information. But we were pleasantly surprised: the students were highly motivated and knew exactly what they wanted from the training. Participants quickly mastered all the knowledge we shared. We spent a lot of time on practical exercises, but time at our disposal was not enough to thoroughly investigate everything and establish all necessary facts. Nevertheless, the guys did really their best, they found many new facts and prepared high-quality investigations“.

 

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 the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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 #55

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, July 8

The Media Dialogue project has awarded grants ranging from up to 22.000 euro to four organisations in Kyrgyzstan to pilot initiatives that test and demonstrate alternative business development strategies in the media sector. The projects will last four months and are part of the overall objective of the Media Dialogue grant programme to build up and amplify the impact of media projects in Kyrgyzstan, and specifically their impact on democratic and social development, by providing support to new generation projects. The fourth round of competitions was heavily contested with almost twenty entries – many of which participated into the Project Lab organized in May 2021 by the Media Dialogue project in cooperation with Jnomics. The four winners have impressed the panel of judges with their applications for the quality and scope of their projects, all of which have an innovative business model and monetization strategy. Tentek LLC and the Public Foundation “New Media” will exploit new technologies and harness the power of online distribution platforms to increase their proactivity to democratic challenges in Kyrgyzstan. Moreover, the creation of a mobile digital platform for offsite press conferences accessible to citizens and organizations will increase Television Academy’s sustainability. In a similar vein, “Debate Hub” by Next TV will provide an innovative creative space for content producers while increasing the channel’s economic independence.

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 choice

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, 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 #54

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, July 1

On June 28-30, ARTICLE 19, with guest speakers and facilitators from the European Partnership for Democracy, Westminster Fund for Democracy and the Media Policy Institute and recipients of mini-grants from the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), implemented  Challenge Hate conference. The conference focused on exploring online hate speech and the various strategies used by social media platforms, states, independent media councils and youth activists to monitor, challenge and counteract it. From an initial workshop on ARTICLE 19’s Hate Speech Toolkit, through expert webinars and three panel events, including speakers from Ireland, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, the conference shared lessons learned from a variety of different contexts and concluded with an interactive workshop on how these experiences could apply to the context of Kyrgyzstan. Participants from a range of professional backgrounds and countries attended the conference and we look forward to continuing the conversations started during the sessions over the remainder of the Media Dialogue project and beyond.

The Investigative Journalism School organized by the Media Dialogue project jointly with Temirov Live Investigative channel continues to equip 30 promising young people with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of investigative journalism. Over the first three weeks, the participants obtained theoretical knowledge on ethical nuances in investigations, legal aspects of journalism, as well as techniques to search and identify legal entities and individuals. Currently, in the fourth week, the participants are already working on real journalistic investigations. They have been split into teams and have selected topics for investigation. On July 3, all the teams will present their investigations to the trainers. “Since childhood, I dreamed of becoming a journalist. Investigative journalism was of particular interest because journalists can influence and change the state of affairs thanks to it. I am excited to join the Investigative Journalism School. What I like especially is that the training is not in the form of lectures only, but more practical knowledge and tasks, and even real investigations in groups,” – said one participant, a student of the Journalism Faculty Orozbek Kyzy Roza.

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 choice

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, 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
Bishkek, June 24, 2021

 

A workshop to discuss the draft Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Action Plan for the implementation of the Concept was held on June 21. The discussion was organized with the support of the Media Dialogue project jointly with the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy. Representatives of the media sector, government agencies, universities, media experts, bloggers, digital activists discussed proposals and recommendations received after the National Forum of June 3 and introduced updates to both documents based on all received recommendations. The draft Information Policy Concept will be presented by the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy for widescale public discussions in accordance with the legislation. Activities on further development of the Action Plan with the participation of all stakeholders will be continued by the Ministry.

On June 22-24, a training on developing the capacities of press services of state and municipal bodies of Kyrgyzstan is being held with more than 40 representatives of press services. The training is conducted by the Media Policy Institute in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. The presentations of the experts and the work of the participants in the groups include: a discussion of the Legal analysis of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On the Mass Media”; the organization of a modern press service; as well as an introduction to the draft Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. Moreover, trainings sessions will be to how to document the presence of a government agency in social networks, maintaining its image and carrying out effective crisis communications, the new rules for working with social media, on media information literacy, and critical thinking.

On June 28, 29 and 30 the Challenge Hate conference will take place, focusing on how to identify and challenge ‘hate speech’ online through a series of panel discussions and workshops for representatives of the government, media sector, civil society and young people. The conference is organized by ARTICLE 19 within the frames of the Media Dialogue project funded by European Union.  The link to registration will be available tomorrow on Media Dialogue and Article-19 websites.

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 choice

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, 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 #52

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, June 17, 2021

 

A workshop on developing a draft Action Plan for the implementation of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic was held in the village of Chok-Tal, Issyk-Kul oblast on June 10-11. The event was held at the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy initiative with the support of the Media Dialogue project. Representatives of the media sector, government agencies, universities, media experts, bloggers, digital activists discussed proposals and recommendations for the draft Information Policy Concept and partially developed a draft Action Plan. The next meeting on developing the Action Plan for the implementation of the Concept is scheduled for June 21. The Ministry published the draft Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic for public discussion on the website http://kyrgyz.media/. Large-scale consultations with representatives of the media sector and civil society for the development of the draft Concept took place for more than six months with the support of the Media Dialogue project.

Within the frames of the  Media Dialogue project, elbarlament on behalf of the European Partnership for Democracy is conducting a survey to acquire a better understanding of the factors that have an influence on the enabling environment for civil society in Kyrgyzstan. It will serve to identify the key challenges that Kyrgyzstani civil society organisations are facing. Taking the survey takes approximately 15 minutes. We will highly appreciate your feedback.

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 choice

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, 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 #51

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, June 10, 2021

 

On June 7-8, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) held a two-day workshop for representatives of national authorities on the inclusive development of national policy strategies. The workshop introduced public officials to EPD method for participatory policy dialogue (INSPIRED), which has structured the cooperation between the Kyrgyz authorities, CSOs and media organizations in the process of development of the Information Policy Concept. The workshop equipped participants with skills to develop strategic policy documents with the participation of all key actors and to apply the method in practice when implementing policy documents like the Information Policy Concept. “We received a lot of useful information on how to develop strategic government documents, how important it is to involve all the stakeholders, including the public and non-governmental organizations. After all, this method contributes to the documents’ effectiveness in practice,” – noted the Expert for Analytical Work and Information Provision of  the President’s Administration Aiganysh Abdraeva.

On June  5, the Media Dialogue project jointly with «Temirov Live» investigative channel launched the Investigative Journalism School. 30 promising young people of different backgrounds are attending trainings each weekend in June and over the summer. They 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.  “We expect that you are going to develop the necessary skills to conduct a job that is crucial for democracy – that of an investigative journalist. When we think of democracy we often refer the parliament, government,  and judiciary as the three branches of powers and very often leave aside what we all know as a fourth power: the media and journalism. The evidence and information provided journalists is crucial for the wider public to hold the government accountable,” – noted Sergio Rodriguez Prieto, Policy Advisor of the European Partnership for Democracy, addressing the participants with welcome remarks.

On June 9-10, the Media Dialogue project, together with the National Mediation Center, is conducting trainings on conflict-sensitive journalism and the legal aspects of the activities of journalists during the election period for journalists, bloggers, representatives of the civil society. “Together with the Media Dialogue project we have conducted 14 trainings on conflict sensitive journalism with over 225 participants.  This training is important because the participants obtain thorough understanding of how to cover conflict situations, so that there is no escalation, but on the contrary, a difficult situation is resolved in a positive way. Indeed, in covering the conflict, the main principle is to not to harm. We cover such topics as causes of conflicts, conflict analysis tools, conflict-sensitive approach to journalism, hate speech in the media, fake news, and the importance of conflict analysis for journalists” – said he leading trainer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Republican Community of Mediators of the Kyrgyz Republic, Gulsina Kozhoyarova

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 choice

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, 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 #50

 Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, June 03, 2021

Today, June 3, the National Media Forum on “Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic: Dialogue Between the State and the Media”takes place in Bishkek at Hyatt Regency from 1.30 PM. At the Forum, which is organized by the Media Dialogue project jointly with the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy, the draft Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic for the period from 2021 to 2025 will be presented and officially published for public consultation. The Concept is set to create conditions to ensure the information sovereignty of the Kyrgyz Republic and media sector development, freedom of speech protection and pluralism of opinion. The draft document has been developed over the past six months with the support of the Media Dialogue Project and with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of media organizations and content producers, government bodies and local governments, public and business organizations, educational institutions. Following the National Media Forum, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) will hold a two-day workshop on June 7-8 for representatives of national authorities on the inclusive development of national policy strategies. The workshop will introduce public officials to EPD method for participatory policy dialogue (INSPIRED), which has structured the cooperation between the Kyrgyz authorities, CSOs and media organizations in the process of development of the Information Policy Concept. The workshop will equip participants with skills to develop strategic policy documents with the participation of all key actors and to apply the method in practice when implementing policy documents like the Information Policy Concept.

An Investigative Journalism School is being launched this week by the Media Dialogue project jointly with «Temirov Live» investigative channel. Trainings will be conducted every weekend during the first month, starting on June 5-6, and continue over the summer. 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.

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 choice

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, 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 # 49

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, May 27, 2021

On June 3, the National Media Forum on “Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic: Dialogue Between the State and the Media” will take place in Bishkek at Hyatt Regency from 1.30 PM. On this occasion, representatives of government agencies, international organizations and media sector will discuss the main provisions of the finalized version of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic for the period of 2021 to 2025. The Media Forum is organized by the Media Dialogue project jointly with the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic. “The draft Information Policy Concept was developed with participation of the wide circle of stakeholders. Representatives of the media sector, civil society, higher education institutions, state bodies, content creators and bloggers took part in the discussions of the draft Concept. On June 3, the first official presentation of the draft Concept will take place, after which the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy will post it on its website for wider public discussions”, – said Cholpon Nogoibaeva, manager of the Media Dialogue project.

A two-day Media Hackathon took place on May 24-25 for ten teams that took part in the “Project Lab” training last week. All teams worked on their ideas and turned them into full-fledged business plans accompanied by experts and mentors. They presented their projects in front of their colleagues and the jury, which included media managers, representatives from IT-companies, and donor organizations. Each project was unique and interesting. “The training was so intensive, and it felt like we went through a five-year university program in five days of training. It was cool! Most of all, I liked the fact that we were explained quite complicated processes and revealed important things in a simple language and with simple examples from real life. We realized that somewhere we are moving in the right direction, somewhere we need to change. For example, we went to the office every day after the training to share new knowledge and ideas with the rest of the team and introduce innovations into our work, plans and company management,” – said journalist Bolot Temirov, editor-in-chief of the YouTube channel TemirovLive.

The call for applications to the grants programme for media entrepreneurship initiatives, announced by The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) within Media Dialogue project is open till June 2, 2021, 23:59 Bishkek time. More information and application form are here.

On May 19, Club de Madrid, the European Partnership for Democracy and ARTICLE 19 hosted an online panel discussion on “International perspectives on information policy and media development in the digital age. Recommendations for the inclusive development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic“. The main speakers included Boris Tadic – President of Serbia (2004-2012), Tarik Kafala – News Controller with the BBC World Service Group Languages, and Jeanne Cavelier – Head of Eastern Europe & Central Asia at Reporters without Borders. The panel discussion served as a platform to develop a set of policy recommendations on state regulation, freedom of expression, safety of media workers and media pluralism. The panel discussion can be watched here.

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 choice

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, 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.

 

 

Newsletter

Media Dialogue Newsletter #48

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, May 20, 2021

 

On May 14, a meeting of the Working Group on the Development of the Information Policy Concept took place in the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic with participation of the Minister Kairat Imanaliev and representatives of the Information and Mass Communication Department. The draft Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic was presented at the meeting, which an interdepartmental working group developed during several months through wide-scale consultations with representatives of the entire media sector, civil society and all stakeholders. “The Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic is an important and necessary document. The media development policy is now actual than ever and very timely. The developed Concept should create favorable conditions for the development of the media sector, preservation and further successful development of the institution of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The Department of Information and Mass Communications and the Media Dialogue project have done a lot of work on studying the media market, collecting statistical data, analyzing the activities of the media and the current legislation in the field of information, and many other activities with the involvement of the media sector, government bodies and civil society. Good suggestions and comments were expressed today, which should be taken into account in the process of developing and adopting the Concept,” said the Minister Kairat Imanaliev.

The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) within Media Dialogue project is launching a grants programme for media entrepreneurship initiatives. The specific objective of this call for applications is to support entrepreneurs and organizations active in the area of new media production to pilot initiatives that test and demonstrate alternative business development strategies in the media sector. Eligible entities are media organisations and other media market players and content creators, including associations of journalists and bloggers, NGOs, video and multimedia production studios/ companies, media and digital entrepreneurs officially registered in Kyrgyzstan. Deadline to submit project proposals under this call is June 2, 2021, 23:59 (Bishkek time). More information and application form are here.

On May 18-20, the Media Dialogue project, together with the National Mediation Center, conducted trainings on conflict-sensitive journalism and the legal aspects of the activities of journalists during the election period for representatives of mass media, academics and students of journalism departments, and civil society of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad regions. The training covered such topics as causes of conflicts, conflict analysis tools, conflict-sensitive approach to journalism, hate speech in the media, fake news, and the importance of conflict analysis for journalists. Particular attention was paid to the session on information support for elections, since the risks of conflicts increase during this period. The analogic training for the participants of northers regions will take place on May 24-26.

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 choice

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, 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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