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Media Dialogue Newsletter #15

Media Dialogue Newsletter

Bishkek, October 1, 2020

With the support of the Media Dialogue grants program, the Independent Union of Journalists of the Kyrgyz Republic is monitoring instances of hate speech by the political parties on the social networks during the 2020 parliamentary election campaign. The grantee has put particular attention in developing a social media monitoring methodology that collects data and analyses the campaign materials published by political parties to detect instances of hate speech. Elections respect democratic values only if electoral stakeholders abide by the legislation, including by avoiding the use of hate speech and inflammatory narratives or campaign materials. The results of monitoring can be found at hatespeech.kg

Another grantee of the Media Dialogue project, the information agency «24.kg», is organizing an advocacy campaign on the rights of citizens of Bishkek following the adoption of  a set of regulations by the Bishkek City Council that can negatively affect private land and property rights. The links to the recently published articles can be found here:

 

The group of  media stakeholders that recently issued and discussed with political parties the Freedom of Speech Agreement with the support of the Media Dialogue project is planning to meet on 3 October 2020 with the aim of discussing the next steps and developing recommendations to be addressed to the new Parliament for the implemention of the Agreement, as it was eventually signed by 15 parties running in the upcoming elections.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@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 #15

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