Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, August 27, 2020
Our trainings on conflict-sensitive journalism continue in the Issyk-Kul region, were we will be joined by around 21 participants, from different media-related professions, including for journalists, editors, mediators, teachers, bloggers. These online trainings are conducted by the European Partnership for Democracy within the framework of the Media Dialogue project in cooperation with the National Center for Mediation. Amongst previous attendees include representatives of Ala-Too 24, state regional multimedia centers, the Association of Community Mass Media, and the Yntymak TRC in the Chui and Osh regions.
In five days of online training, we are covering topics of the causes of conflicts, tools for analyzing conflicts, conflict-sensitive approach in journalism, hate speech in the media, fake news, the importance of conflict analysis for journalists. An important place is occupied by the session on information support of elections, since during this period the risks of conflicts increase. Previous participants noted that the sessions on the rights and obligations of the media, especially during the electoral period, voter information and campaigning were particularly important to them.
Additionally, as hate speech in the media has been an increasing concern, we decided to pay attention to how to analyze and identify hate speech, and designed each session to be accompanied by practical exercises. The series of training sessions on conflict-sensitive journalism and the legal aspects of journalism during the election period will continue in other regions of the country until November 2020.
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.
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.