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Media Dialogue Newsletter #13

Media Dialogue Newsletter

Bishkek, September 17, 2020

 On September 17 the European Partnership for Democracy and the European Association for Local Democracy under the Media Dialogue project hosted two online training sessions for «Independent Union of Journalists» and «Kloop» – the winners of the grant competition on social media monitoring initiatives covering the 2020 parliamentary elections. On this occasion, the grantees could discuss key methodological aspects related to their social media monitoring methodology with an international expert.

On September 18, 2020, the European Association for Local Democracy and the European Partnership for Democracy under the Media Dialogue project will conduct webinar in finance and administrative issues for eleven media organizations in Kyrgyzstan – the winners of the second and third grant competitions.

The Media Dialogue project partner, the Media Policy Institute is a member of the Central Election Commission’s working group on violations of agitation rules by the political parties during the pre-election period.  As the electoral campaign unfolds, MPI participates to such meetings on a regular basis to discuss complaints against cases of violation.

The Initiative group consisting of media representatives, which first gathered in the framework of workshop conducted under the Media Dialogue project, drafted a joint document addressed to the political parties with concrete proposals to protect freedom of speech in Kyrgyzstan and to improve the media legislation, with a particular focus on the  protection of journalists.

The information agency «24.kg», one of the grantees of the Media Dialogue project, published 4 articles (the link to the articles: https://24.kg/obschestvo/162479; https://24.kg/obschestvo/163091; https://24.kg/vlast/163483; https://24.kg/vlast/163751) on the amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure needed by the government to meet international human rights obligations aimed.

 

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 #13

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