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Media Dialogue Newsletter #46

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, 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 #45

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 29 April, 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 will take place to discuss the first draft of the Information Policy Concept, which was drafted by am interdepartmental working group and experts following analyses and consultations with all interest groups. The conference will be attended by representatives of the media sector, government agencies, legal experts, bloggers, digital activists, and academic circles, and aims at incorporating feedback and recommendations from all stakeholders in the final document and to finalize the draft Concept. The event will also strengthen collaborative links among stakeholders and enhance accountability for the implementation of the Concept.

On April 26, the Media Dialogue project hold its third public Media Dialogue Talk, devoted to the topic of “Analytical Journalism – How to Create Analytical Content for a Broader Audience”. The event’s main speaker was Mikhail Fishman, a prominent Russian journalist, TV presenter, author of the project “And so on” on the TV channel “Rain”. For the video of the event, please check out our website. Media Dialogue Talks are monthly seminars to facilitate exchange of international experiences and the creation of collaborative links amongst the community of media, civil society and digital activists of Kyrgyzstan.

On April 23, the Independent Union of Journalists of Kyrgyzstan organized a round table “Using modern technologies to monitor hate speech in the media and social networks during the election period” within the framework of the grant program of the Media Dialogue project, administered by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA). The event aimed at developing recommendations for improving the hate speech monitoring algorithm and the website hatespeech.kg, which was developed within the frames of the Media Dialogue grant program. The project’s goal was to study hate speech during the October 2020 parliamentary election campaign. “We conducted monitoring of hate speech in the most popular social media in the country, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the resources of more than 40 media portals accredited by the CEC of the Kyrgyz Republic to cover the elections and post-campaign materials in Kyrgyz and Russian languages. In total, 3016 articles of internet media outlets of Kyrgyzstan were processed using automatic parsing. The tool we used is unique, as an expert linguist developed a tonal dictionary in Kyrgyz”, – said Azamat Kasybekov, chairman of the Independent Union of Journalists. You can read more about the hate speech monitoring 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 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, 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 #44

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 22 April, 2021

The Media Dialogue project has announced a call for applications to participate in the its Project Lab, an intensive and competitive training and hackathon for media market players to develop, launch and manage business projects in the media sector. Participants will gain knowledge to create media startups and implement sustainable business models in the media sphere. Project Lab is also an opportunity for media player to affinate their ideas and to take part in an upcoming open grant competition of the Media Dialogue project The events will be conducted together with Jnomics, a global media consultancy helping media become self-sustainable so that they can succeed. To read more and appl to thet Media Dialogue Project Lab, please use the link.

On April 20, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, jointly with PF “Civic Platform”, held a round-table discussion on the results and impact of the campaign launched in the framework of the Media Dialogue project to prevent the use of hate speech in the run-up to the April local elections. Participants included representatives of the Central Election Commission, CSOs, experts from the legal community, and media. During the event, WFD campaign experts presented the outcomes of the online discussions held with youth and candidates from 21 cities of seven regions on hate speech, while Media Dialogue grantee Kloop Media presented the findings of its hate speech monitoring conducted during elections to the January presidential elections. The expert from ARTICLE 19 shared international experience and perspective on the prevention of hate speech, in line with ARTICLE 19 Hate Speech Toolkit. Participants agreed there is a need to raise awareness among political actors and the general public on the phenomenon, so that people are aware of the outcomes and challenges the use of hate speech may cause. Overall, the public discussion and the campaign on preventing the use of hate speech were positively received.

On April 26, the Media Dialogue project will hold its third Media Dialogue Talk, devoted to the topic of “Analytical Journalism – How to Create Analytical Content for a Wide Audience.” Representatives of the media, civil society and digital activists are invited to the event. Mikhail Fishman – a prominent Russian journalist, TV presenter, author of the project “And so on” on the TV channel “Rain” will be the event’s main speaker. He will talk about creating interesting analytical content, documentary journalism, and how to monetize copyright projects and remain independent. Media expert in Kyrgyzstan Almaz Ismanov will also intervene and talk about analytical journalism in Kyrgyzstan.

On April 26, the Media Policy Institute, will conduct an Online Presentation of the Legal Analysis of the Law of KR “On Mass Media”, prepared by MPI in 2020 within the frames of the Media Dialogue project. Representatives of mass media of southern regions and Media Dialogue grantees will take part in the presentation.  Earlier, the Legal Anallysis was presented to the media representatives of northern regions. At the present time, many norms of the law require fundamental changes, it has inaccuracies, gaps and contradictions. Media experts, lawyers and mass media representatives themselves noted the imperfection of legislative norms. Media circles often discussed whether the law should be improved.

 

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, 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 #43

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 15 April, 2021

 

In April, grantees of the Media Dialogue grants programme administered by the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) – Govori TV, Radio Volna Issyk-Kulya, Association of Community Media, e-newspaper Novye Litsa, IA Akipress, e-newspaper Elgezit published over 200 media products covering topics on the electoral process in terms of freedom of speech and the rule of law aspects.  They covered such topics as importance of voting on local elections, gender equality during local elections, access of people with disabilities to electoral campaign content and voting processes, how to prevent violations on elections, awareness raising after elections on new rules of electing the head of LSG, discussions about Constitution, impact of the local elections and referendum results on democratic developments.

The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) announced a call for proposals from videographers or companies to produce reporting videos on the results of projects implemented under the Media Dialogue grant program. Details are in terms of reference.

On April 8-9, the Media Dialogue project jointly with the Civic Initiative of Internet Policy conducted training for more than 30 Kyrgyz-speaking media and civil society representatives, digital activists, and university instructors on the basics of cybersecurity and digital hygiene. Participants learned about their rights to protect personal data, liability for disseminating illegal information, cybersecurity landscape, security risks in social networks, protection of electronic communications and digital data. “Unfortunately, civic activists, journalists, and bloggers are very much targets of cyber-attacks. When it comes to cybersecurity and safety, we are never safe, and there is always something new to learn. Even people who are more literate on this topic can still be very much target in this respect. I hope this training can help you enhance your resilience to cyber threats and be safer,” – said to participants Vittoria Zanellati, Programmes Officer, European Partnership for Democracy. Earlier, on March 24-25 the similar training was conducted for 25 Russian-speaking participants.

The European Partnership for Democracy has been supporting the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. On April 13, a meeting of press secretaries of state agencies and ministries was organized to discuss the priority direction of the Concept – “State Legal Regulation of the Media Sector.”  Participants discussed strategic tasks, the main mechanisms, and key actions for implementing the priority area and expected results elaborated by the Working Group and a wide circle of stakeholders involved in developing the Concept. They also discussed how to improve the interaction of the press services with the media, the legal framework for access to information, the responsibility of the state agencies for failure to provide information, the importance of having a unified platform aimed at developing capacities of press services and improving interaction with mass media.

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, 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 № 42

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 8 April, 2021

 

Wide-scale consultations with representatives of the entire media sector and of the 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. To date, two of the priority areas of the Information Policy Concept – “Digital Sovereignty and Development of National Content” and “Media Education Adapted to Market and Audience Needs”. With regards to the latter, stakeholders noted that the Concept should promote optimization of the media education, and underlined the importance of making amendments to the state educational standards on journalistic education, reducing red tapes so that universities can quickly respond to innovations, the inclusion of new professions in the media sector, the introduction of online learning to improve the qualifications of both university students and practicing journalists. Today, April 8, other two priorities are being discussed: “Transformation of the Media Sector” and “State Legal Regulation of the Media Sector”. During the latter, the stakeholders will discuss how to integrate recommendations drafted by the Media Policy Institute and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in the framework of the Media Dialogue project into the Concept of Information Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic.

To enhance the participatory dimension the Concept, a Survey has been launched among the media sector representatives. The survey results will help to initiate necessary changes in the media sector. To take part in the survey, please use the following link: https://ru.surveymonkey.com/r/CDBS2GW.

The European Partnership for Democracy within the frames of the Media Dialogue project is conducting a curriculum analysis and needs assessment in journalism education in Kyrgyzstan. From March 20 to April 7, international and local experts conducted a series of meetings and consultations with higher education institutions providing journalism education to identify options for improving curricula and modernizing journalism education through practical training opportunities. “Journalism education in the post-Soviet countries has one common problem – it is an orientation towards theoretical disciplines and a great deal of attention to philology. The practical component does not always correspond to the modern requirements of the media industry. Universities do not keep up with all the changes that take place in the media, which concerns both the development of new technologies and the ability to work with them and new ethical and legal challenges that arise as a result of these changes. These are all the components we need to work on if we want young journalists to have the minimum required practical skills (and not just theoretical knowledge). I hope that the Media Dialogue project will support the universities of the region in paying more attention to the practical component in training future journalists,” – said Diana Dutsik, international media expert, Executive Director of the Public Organization Ukrainian Institute of Media and Communication, Instructor at the Mohyla School of Journalism.

On April 1-3, the Media Dialogue project, together with the National Mediation Center, conducted training on conflict-sensitive journalism and the legal aspects of the activities of journalists during the election period for representatives of regional multimedia centers, independent mass media, academics and students of journalism departments, Territorial Election Commissions, media sector 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. “This training was beneficial for me, as I live in the bordering conflict-prone area and as a journalist, my task is also to cover the conflict situations adequately. Now I know how to maintain a conflict-sensitive approach in my work and realize that our role as journalists is vital in covering the conflict situation and preventing conflict situations. I liked how trainers used easy-to-digest tools for us to understand, e.g., using iceberg as a metaphor about conflict, that there are things above the surface that show themselves and then, there is all that is going on underneath, -said Aikokul, a journalist.

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, 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.

The European Partnership for Democracy has been supporting the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. A series of meetings of the Working Group  and stakeholers involved in developing the Information Policy Concept are continuing to take place

 

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Media Dialogue Newsletter № 41

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 1 April, 2021

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), jointly with PF “Civic Platform” within the frame of the Media Dialogue project, is leading a campaign to prevent hate speech ahead of local elections in Kyrgyzstan. On March 25-31 online discussion took place with candidates from 18 cities, who were informed about the legal aspects of the use of hate speech and discussed the Petition recently launched by youth groups engaged in the campaign. The youth urged candidates to promote tolerant language through their campaign, and to refrain from resorting to trolling and incitements to violence. Participants agreed that the Petition could be considered as a message and a code of conduct for candidates during the campaign period. Gulnara Jurabaeva, a member of the Central Election Commission, noted with regards to the campaign: “Hate speech is found in everyday life. We are all vulnerable on different grounds, especially young people. It is important to understand and reveal the essence of hate speech. It is important that such discussions help the candidates/political parties and their representatives not to use hate speech during the campaign and learn about the responsibility for the use of hate speech”.

On March 31 Media Dialogue project gathered stakeholders involved in developing the Information Policy Concept. The main objective of this meeting was to discuss the analysis of the legislation in terms of freedom of speech, mass media, and the right to information conducted in the framework of the Media Dialogue project, and to discuss the integration of the findings into the Information Policy Concept. Expert-lawyer of Media Policy Institute Akmat Alagushev presented the Legal Analysis of the Law of KR “On Mass Media”, prepared by MPI in 2020 within the frames of the Media Dialogue project. Representative of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Nargiza Abdraimova, presented the Analysis of the Kyrgyz Legal Framework for the Right to Information, also conducted within the frames and Media Dialogue project. Finally, Semetei Amanbekov, Chief Editor of Elgezit.kg, presented the Analysis of the draft Constitution in terms of freedom of speech and mass media aspects. “The current edition of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Mass Media” has a major omission: the lack of a single concept of “mass media.” Such an approach can negatively affect the work of the media and enable some subjects of state power to interpret the provisions of this law in different ways. The media is viewed as an object on one hand and as a subject on the other hand,” said Akmat Alagushev.

E-newspaper Elgezit.kg, within the framework of the grants program of the Media Dialogue project administered by the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), completed the implementation of a project aimed at informing vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, about their voting rights during the 2020 parliamentary elections and amid the coronavirus pandemic. The publications within the framework of the information campaign reached 267 978 users of social media. Besides, publications directly on the Elgezit.kg website for the reporting period had total coverage of 98,841 visitors. As a result, the grant project contributed to revealing many violations at polling stations, especially in remote, rural areas of the country, which did not meet the requirements of the legislation to ensure the electoral rights of persons with disabilities. Also, the information campaign drew attention of state and regulatory bodies to the problem of ensuring equal electoral rights for persons with disabilities.

The European Partnership for Democracy within the frames of the Media Dialogue project is conducting a curriculum analysis and needs assessment in journalism education in Kyrgyzstan. From 20 March to 7 April  international and local experts are conducting a series of meetings and consultations with higher institutions providing journalism education to identify options for improving curricula and for modernizing journalism education through practical training opportunities.

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, 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 #40

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 25 March, 2021

 

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is leading a hate speech campaign ahead of local elections in Kyrgyzstan in the framework of the Media Dialogue project.  A series of online discussions took place on March 23 – 24 with youth activists, bloggers, youth representatives of CSOs, and university students  on preventing and countering the use of hate speech during the elections. The discussions kicked off with a presentation of the identification of “hate speech” according to Kyrgyzstani laws and its use during the election campaign period. Participants discussed what kind of behaviour youth and civil society want to see candidates abide by during the election campaign. Their ideas and recommendations will be included in an open statement addressed to candidates. Moreover, from 25 March until 1 April online discussions with the candidates to city councils from 21 cities will be conducted to raise awarenees on countering hate speech practices during the pre-election campaign.

On March 24-25, the Media Dialogue project is conducting training on legal issues of cybersecurity, basics of cybersecurity, and digital hygiene for the representatives of mass media, civil society organizations, and digital activists. Training sessions are conducted by the experts and trainers of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy.  “I realized that until today, I did not follow elementary rules of digital security. Thus, the training was useful for us, as we received insights to digital rights, digital data protection, and cybersecurity. The training sessions were conducted in an engaging and easy-to-digest mode,” – said Asel Zhumalieva, a Deputy of the Local Council of Nizhniy Ala-Archa Rural County. This training was conducted in Russian, and similar training in Kyrgyz language will occur in April.

On April 1-3, the Media Dialogue project, together with the National Mediation Center, will conduct trainings on conflict-sensitive journalism and the legal aspects of the activities of journalists during the election period for representatives of regional multimedia centers, independent mass media, academics and students of journalism departments, Territorial Election Commissions, media sector and civil society of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad regions. The training will 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. Particular attention will be  paid to the session on information support for elections, since the risks of conflicts increase during this period.

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, 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 #39

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 18 March, 2021

 

The European Partnership for Democracy has been supporting the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. On March 11-12, a workshop with participation of the media sector representatives was held in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions, where the key problems and challenges affecting priority areas that will be addressed by the Concept were discussed. “Journalists from state and independent media, as well as digital activists, came to the workshop today to discuss together vital problems and challenges facing the media sector. We appreciate that our voices are heard and our proposals will be taken into account when adopting the Concept,” – said Diana Raimzhaniva, Deputy Director of Jalal-Abad Regional Media Center. Earlier, on March 4, a similar workshop took place in Bishkek.

On March 17, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy organized in the framework of the Media Dialogue project a round table discussion on preventing and countering the use of hate speech in the run up to the April local elections. Participants included experts from the Central Election Commission, from the legal community, as well as reprsentatives of media and CSOs. The discussion provided an opportunity to actors actively working on hate speech in Kyrgyzstan,  yet are not always aware of each other’s activities around the issue, which leads to a fragmentation of efforts. Therefore, this discussion created a platform for experts to come to a common understanding of the definition of hate speech in the Kyrgyzstani context, of the actions to be taken as well as recommendations on how to work and raise the awareness among political candidates on hate speech and positive measures to promote more tolerant speech.

On March 17, the Media Dialogue project held its second public Media Dialogue Talk, devoted to the topic of “Investigative Journalism – How to Create High-Quality Material.”  Roman Dobrokhotov, the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Moscow-based independent online newspaper The Insider presented the tools at the disposal of investigative journalism and shared insights into his most famous investigations, challenges and trends in investigative journalism and fact-checking. Investigative journalists from Kyrgyzstan Bolot Temirov and Ali Toktakunov also intervened and shared their experience and vision of the development of investigative journalism. Participants asked questions about journalists’ safety, monetization methods for media organizations, access to information, and possibilities of collaboration for Kyrgyzstani investigative journalists with The Insider. “Today, we had a wonderful opportunity to listen to one of the best Russian investigative journalists, Roman Dobrokhotov, and ask him questions. The format of the event where we can learn new things and exchange experiences with journalists from neighboring countries is just great. It allows us to communicate and ask questions in real time. We would hardly have been able to ask our questions on social networks,” noted Kamilla Valieva, a reporter of the Current Times media outlet.  Media Dialogue Talks are monthly seminars to facilitate exchange of experiences and the creation of collaborative links amongst the community of media, civil society and civic and digital activists of Kyrgyzstan.

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, 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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Bishkek, 11 March, 2021

The European Partnership for Democracy has been supporting the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic in the framework of the Media Dialogue project.  On March 4, a workshop was held to define the key problems and challenges affecting priority areas that will be addressed by the Concept, such as the legal framework of information policy, digital sovereignty and development of national content, development of the media sector, and professionalization of media community. The process of developing and drafting of the Information Policy Concept is based on principles of inclusivity and participation. Therefore, a similar workshop is taking place in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions on March 11-12, with the aim of further developing and discussing the challenges identified also with media representatives from the southern regions.

On March 10, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy held in the framework of the Media Dialogue project an online discussion on checks and balances in presidential systems. The event featured international experts Dr. John K. Johnson, Governance Consultant and Trainer, and Dr. Ketut Putera Erawan, Executive Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD). Experts talked about the US and Indonesian models, followed by a Q&A session. While presenting the history of the formation of checks and balances in the US, Dr. John K. Johnson emphasized that the government structure must furnish the proper checks and balances between the different departments. He cited the  Federalist Paper: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government  to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

On March 17, the Media Dialogue project will hold its second public Media Dialogue Talk, devoted to the topic of “Investigative Journalism – How to Create High-Quality Material.”  Roman Dobrokhotov, the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Moscow-based independent online newspaper The Insider will present the tools at the disposal of investigative journalism, and share insights into his most famous investigations, on what difficulties investigative journalists face in the modern world and why the future of professional journalism lies precisely with investigation and fact-checking. In addition, Roman Dobrokhotov will touch upon issues of journalists safety, media independence and models for media monetization. Investigative journalists from Kyrgyzstan Bolot Temirov and Ali Toktakunov will also intervene and share their experience and vision of the development of investigative journalism. Media Dialogue Talks are monthly seminars to facilitate exchange of experiences and the creation of collaborative links amongst the community of media, civil society and civic and digital activists of Kyrgyzstan.

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, 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, 4 March, 2021

 

The European Partnership for Democracy has been supporting the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. During the last meeting of the Working Group on the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept, which was held in February, the vision, aims, and priority areas of the Information Policy Concept were defined. Today, on March 4, the Media Dialogue project will conduct a workshop with  the members of the Working Group to identify key problems affecting each priority area, which will be addressed by the Concept. Preliminary priority areas include regulation and legal framework of information policy, digital sovereignty and development of national content, development of the media sector (including the development of new media, forms of journalism, and business models), and professionalization of media community. The workshop’s findings will also be presented and discussed with stakeholders from Osh, Batken, and Jalal-Abad regions on March 11 and 12.

On March 10, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy is holding in the framework of the Media Dialogue project an online discussion on checks and balances in presidential systems, with the aim of sharing international best practices on checks and balances mechanisms in presidential systems. The event will feature international experts Dr. John K. Johnson, Governance Consultant and Trainer, and Dr. Ketut Putera Erawan, Executive Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD). Experts will talk about the US and Indonesian models, followed by Q&A session.

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, 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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