Media Dialogue Newsletter #18

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 22 October, 2020

In the framework of the Media Dialogue grants programme, the information agency  organized a round table «Media and Power: Cooperation or Confrontation?». The participants of the round table discussed the challenging conditions under which the media sector is working, including the recent attacks to journalists and the climate of confrontation between authorities and the media, and pointed out that the government and media have to interact publicly and openly.

The video of the round table can be found out at the YouTube канале

A detailed account of the event can be found at the following links:

Yesterday the CEC has announced that repeat parliamentary elections will take place on 20 December 2020. The grantee of the Media Dialogue project, the multimedia agency «Govori TV», analysed the implications of this decision in the framework of the TV program «Achyk Ait» (Talk openly) organized a discussion «Can the decision of the Central Elections Committee (CEC) to set the election date cause a new conflict?». You can watch the full TV program at the following link:

The grantee of the Media Dialogue project, the online newspaper «PolitKlinika», analyzed how recent political events have sparked an increase in instances of hate speech on social media. According to the article, negative and insulting comments targeting in particular political figures is increasing and there are more and more cases of denigration on the basis of certain characteristics, in particular ethnicity, religion, age and gender. This tendency raises concerns, as hate speech is spreading very quickly online and it is used to suppress someone else’s voice and opinion. You can read the article at the following link:


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, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or

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 #18

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