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Media Dialogue Newsletter #11

Media Dialogue Newsletter

Bishkek, September 3, 2020

Within the framework of the Media Dialogue project, the European Partnership for Democracy held a practical workshop on “Development of the media sector of Kyrgyzstan through dialogue” in the Issyk-Kul region. Journalists, experts, representatives of state bodies and media organizations took part in order to discuss the interim conclusions of the current situation analysis of the media sector, the vision of sector development in the medium-term perspective. The objectives of the workshop include engaging stakeholders and identifying key partners to achieve the development goals of the sector.

Information on the current situation and prospects for the media sector development was provided by Salkyn Sarnoeva, Director of the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Practical workshop kicked off with general discussion on the goals for the development of the media sector until 2025, then the work continued in groups to identify the key problems in achieving a set of goals. Participants discussed where should the efforts of all stakeholders be directed to and how to increase the effectiveness of key actors through collaborative work.

 

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 gulaiymshigaibaeva@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 #11

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