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Media Dialogue Newsletter #32

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 28 January, 2021  

Public Organization “Daanazat”, represented by the Radio Salam is completing the implementation of the project the “Dialogue Between the Media and Local Self-Government Bodies in the Interests of Batken region”. The project is implemented within the framework of the grant program of the Media Dialogue project, managed by the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA).

Within the framework of the project, seminars and trainings were held for journalists, representatives of local municipalities, and the civil sector in Batken, Kadamjai, Kyzyl-Kiya, and Isfana, and Sulukta. Four trainings were held for employees of the mayor’s offices of five towns and deputies of the City Councils covering such areas as developing and implementing a media plan, strategic planning, the importance of the press service, and cooperation with the media. Five workshops and three media lunches on election coverage, legal and ethical norms, rights and obligations of journalists and media literacy were held for journalists. Also, four trainings for civil society were conducted on developing effective communication with the local municipalities and journalists.

From July 2020 to January 2021, Salam Radio released 40 media products that became part of the media organization’s advocacy campaign. Media products were aimed at informing the wider public about the importance of supporting and promoting freedom of expression, high-quality journalism, access to information, and other elements of a free and democratic media environment.

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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