Media Dialogue Newsletter #34

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 11 February, 2021

Wide-scale consultations with the entire media sector and representatives of the civil society are being organized by the Media Dialogue project with the aim of ensuring an inclusive and participatory drafting of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. On February 9, the first consultation was organized in Bishkek with the academic community to identify challenges and priorities for improving the professionalization of journalists. Teaching staff of the Journalism and Mass Communication Departments of state and private universities, representatives of the Association of Communicators of the Kyrgyz Republic attended the discussions. The participants noted the urgent need to adapt journalism education to market demands and, with regards to the consultation process added that “It is noteworthy that this meeting was held in the form of a focus group, and it was instrumental. We, the academic community, want to take part in the development of the Information Policy Concept and improve journalists’ professionalization since we are the platform for training the journalists. Our role is important in conducting research and preparing future researchers, and in developing the professionalization of journalism. We try to take into account what competencies and skills journalists need in the rapidly changing media world,”- said Elira Turdubaeva, the Vice-President of the Association of Communicators of the Kyrgyz Republic.

On 17-18 February, the Media Dialogue project will conduct a workshop to introduce the INSPIRED method for inclusive and participatory policy dialogue to the stakeholders engaged in the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. To encourage the inclusive development of the Concept, representatives of the European Partnership for Democracy will introduce the participants to the trust-building dynamics underpinning the INSPIRED method and will facilitate the collective planning of the dialogue process through a series of ad hoc tools aimed at promoting collective ownership over the process. Participants will include representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy, the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior, staff of Journalism and Mass Communication departments of state and private universities. Developed by the EPD and co-financed by the European Union, INSPIRED is a method for constructive participation of civil society and other stakeholders in policy dialogue, contributing to building trust between them. To date, it has been successfully implemented in more than fifteen countries around the world. More info:

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,  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva,

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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