Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, September 10, 2020
Representatives of 13 political parties in Kyrgyzstan signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which was elaborated with the support of the Media Dialogue project partner, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Kyrgyzstan in co-operation with the Central Electoral Commission and PF “Civic Platform”. Signed Memorandum is a code of conduct, and outlines principles guiding the parties’ behavior during the pre-election campaign. A key element of the Memorandum is a commitment to avoid hate speech, especially via internet, social media and other channels during the electoral campaign. The signing of this Memorandum helps to guarantee a transparent election process, based on democratic principles.
The Media Dialogue project partner, Media Policy Institute conducted a practical training for trainers (ToT) on improving the quality of analytical materials in the coverage of elections. Invited training expert also developed a content plan, on the basis of which newsrooms can create their own relevant materials. The chief editors of several media outlets have already conducted trainings in their newsrooms to familiarize and discuss the content plan with the staff and plan preparation of materials based on the proposed topics with the experts participation.
The Media Dialogue project will provide grants to eleven media organizations in Kyrgyzstan to monitor media, including social networks on avoiding use of hate speech. And also for the production of information materials for voters about their right to take part in the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 4, 2020. At the official online meeting with the finalists of the competition, the Media Dialogue project grantees were presented a project cycle management, project implementation process and reporting requirements. The grantees also received information about media regulations during the pre-election period, and improvements to their applied methodology for monitoring social media.
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 email@example.com, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.