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Media Dialogue Newsletter #3

Media Dialogue Newsletter

Bishkek, July 9, 2020

 Brief analysis of the Law on Manipulation of Information

Following a meeting with media editors at the end of June, Media Dialogue project expert Sheradil Baktygulov wrote a brief document to analyze the content of Law on Manipulation of Information and identified grounds for ground for repeal of this law recently adopted by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. The document was shared by some local media that have discussed the Law in their programs throughout the past week. The brief analysis is available here in Russian.

Awarding ceremony for the winners of the Media Dialogue project first grant programme

The awarding ceremony of the Media Dialogue project first grant programme was held online on July 3rd to announce the four winners. Kaktus Media, 24.kg, TV1KG and Salam Media have will conduct advocacy campaigns promoting access to information, freedom of expression and informational transparency of government agencies for a period of 6 months. New rounds of calls for proposals will be announced shortly to encourage media actors to produce quality content on elections in the regions, and to live stream informative debates between candidates. Another call will follow to conduct social media monitoring of hate speech during the electoral campaign

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until late spring 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 Officer, Gulaiym Shigaibaeva at +996552201234 or gulaiymshigaibaeva@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 #3

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