The Media Dialogue project has supplied protective equipment to twelve media organisations based in Bishkek after a series of focus group meetings with editors who complained that their staff was exposed to COVID-19 infection while conducting their work. The European Partnership for Democracy, which is the lead partner in the consortium implementing the Media Dialogue project has provided 500 respiratory masks, 2,000 pairs of gloves and 150 protective suits as well as 100 full-face shields and sanitizers which were distributed for the use by journalists and reporters in the capital.
The editor of Elgezit, one of the benefitting media organisations, Semetei Amanbekov, thanked the Project via social media also saying that their journalists could now go with more confidence to the frontline reporting the pandemic and called on the Government to dedicate all resources to protecting medical staff.
“Journalists can’t afford to stop going to work, but now our check-list of stuff we take into the field to report news includes masks, gloves and sanitizers to keep our staff safe. We have received priceless support from the Media Dialogue project partners” Kaktus Media editor, Natalia Timirbaeva, wrote on social media.
The protective equipment branded with the European Union and the project logos was provided to both private and state media. The journalists of all media organisations face the risk of getting infected by Covid-19 while doing their everyday job. Bishkek is an infection hot-spot in Kyrgyzstan at the moment and there have already been 3 deaths among journalists and editors in the capital in the last few weeks.
The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until late spring 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 Officer, Gulaiym Shigaibaeva at +996552201234 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or email@example.com.