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Media Dialogue Newsletter #21

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 12 November, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter #21

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