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Media Dialogue Newsletter #20

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 5 November 2020

On 2 November the Media Dialogue project partner Media Policy Institute issued on behalf of the Kyrgyz media community an appeal to the government on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The appeal encourages the government to ensure effective investigation of crimes perpetrated against journalists and editorial teams, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to make sure the government adheres to its obligations with respect to creating safe and favorable conditions for journalists. The full text of the appeal is available here

On 3 November, Article 19 – a partner of the Media Dialogue project – organized a hate speech workshop for the journalists from “Kloop” News Website. Kloop’s journalists had earlier completed a social media monitoring of instances of hate speech during the electoral campaign with the support of the Media Dialogue grants programme, hence the workshop consisted of two sessions – 1) the speech training and discussion, and 2) interpretation of the findings of the monitoring.

On 7 November, the Independent Union of Journalists of Kyrgyzstan will present on the occasion of Day of Information and Press the findings of the “Hate Speech Monitoring During the 2020Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan” project funded by the Media Dialogue grants programme, which is managed by ALDA, another partner of the Media Dialogue project. Representatives of the media sector, political parties, the Government of the KR, civil society, and international organizations will be invited to participate to the event.

 

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 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 #20

 

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