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Media Dialogue Newsletter #22

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 19 November, 2020

In response to the country’s evolving situation with COVID-19 pandemic, Media Dialogue project provided personal protective equipment to 15 media organizations, whose employees are at risk of contracting COVID-19 while conducting their work. The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), as the leading partner of the Media Dialogue, provided editorial staff with 140 liters of disinfecting antiseptics, 550 respiratory masks and 148 vests with the sign “Press”. Beneficiaries include “Azattyk”, Kloop Media, the radio “Salam”, radio “Volna Issyk-Kulya”, the multimedia information agency “Govori”, TV channel “Next TV”, TV channel TV1KG, electronic newspaper “Elgezit.kg”, TV company “TMG”, the newspaper “Novye Litsa”, the state newspaper “Kyrgyz Tuusu”, the media school “Yntymak” named after T.Tursunalieva, the public foundation “The Independent Union of Journalists of the Kyrgyz Republic”.

The Media Dialogue project’s Initiative Group, who drafted the Freedom of Speech Agreement with our support, issued a statement to express concern on violation of citizens’ rights to security, freedom of speech and expression, and pluralism of opinion taking place in the country after the annulled parliamentary elections in 2020 and to ask authorities to stop condoning the violation of laws and the violation of citizens’ rights and freedoms. The statement was signed by more than 80 organizations including newspapers, web-sites, TV channels, blogs, foundations, units, associations and other media organizations as well as representatives of civil society and media sector, experts, teachers and entrepreneurs from Bishkek and the regions of Kyrgyzstan. The collection of signatures continues. You can read the statement here: 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 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 #22

 

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