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 Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 25 February, 2021

 The Media Dialogue project, together with the Public Foundation Civic Initiative of Internet Policy, is launching a cybersecurity training to enhance professional competence and resilience to cyber threats of the journalistic and blogging community in the context of the digital transformation of the media landscape. The seminars will focus on new trends in cyber threats and will equip participants with practical skills to ensure their online safety and knowledge of the legal framework for ensuring cybersecurity.

Independent journalist Anna Timofeenko noted on the relevance of training activities on cybersecurity: “In the era of the ubiquitous spread of social media, we face new threats and challenges. One of them is to ensure our cybersecurity and comply with some cyber-hygiene rules to avoid becoming victims of fraudsters, bullying, and sometimes persecution. The media and civil sector in Kyrgyzstan is very active, however, not everyone knows the basic safety rules. Many people use one password for all devices, applications, social networks. Often these passwords are so light and easy to crack. We are aware of attempts to hack popular public accounts, civil activists, attempts to hack mail to access contacts and correspondence. Cyberattacks target global platforms, account passwords of which are leaked into the hands of fraudsters. Cybersecurity is as relevant and important today as physical security. By following elementary rules, one can be confident in his/her online life.”

Famous blogger and podcaster Meerim Osmonova also mentioned there is a strong need for trainings on cybersecurity: “It is great that the project is offering workshops on cybersecurity topics. I consider myself quite literate in this regard, and even I experienced a threat of being hacked a couple of times. And I happened to fell for the tricks of scammers several times.  Sometimes I can walk with geolocation turned on, but at the same time argue with the trolls from the troll factory. Therefore, I would gladly take part in the seminars on cybersecurity.”

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 Communications Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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.

 

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