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Media Dialogue Newsletter #31

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 21 January, 2021

 On January 15, the Media Dialogue project held a workshop to lay the foundations for the inclusive development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the participation of representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, the Ministry of Culture Information and Tourism (MinCIT), the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior and the Media Dialogue project. The event kicked off with a joint discussion on the current status of the implementation of information policy in the Kyrgyz Republic and of potential approaches to the development of such policy. The participants discussed the goal and priorities to be included in the Concept, its duration and structure, and made a mapping of the key stakeholders to be involved throughout the drafting process. Read more on this event on our website https://mediadialogue.kg/en/the-development-of-the-information-policy-concept-started-today/

 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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