Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 29 October, 2020
The Media Dialogue project has published an activity update on the activities that project partners will implement and strengthen in response to post-election developments and the recent threats to freedom of speech. The update can be read at the following link.
The Media Dialogue project in cooperation with the National Center of Mediation (NCM) have conducted the trainings “Conflict-Sensitive Journalism and Legal Aspects of Journalism During Elections” for journalists and lecturers on journalism. The trainings in online format were conducted for 64 media sector representatives in Chui, Osh, Issyk-Kul, Jalal-Abad, Talas and Batken regions. The training participants were able to apply gained knowledge and skills in their work during pre-election and post-election periods. New training session will be organized for the journalists of Naryn region from November 2 to 6, 2020 while offline trainings will be conducted for the journalists in Bishkek at the end of November.
The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until late autumn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or email@example.com.
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.