Media Dialogue Newsletter #44

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 22 April, 2021

The Media Dialogue project has announced a call for applications to participate in the its Project Lab, an intensive and competitive training and hackathon for media market players to develop, launch and manage business projects in the media sector. Participants will gain knowledge to create media startups and implement sustainable business models in the media sphere. Project Lab is also an opportunity for media player to affinate their ideas and to take part in an upcoming open grant competition of the Media Dialogue project The events will be conducted together with Jnomics, a global media consultancy helping media become self-sustainable so that they can succeed. To read more and appl to thet Media Dialogue Project Lab, please use the link.

On April 20, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, jointly with PF “Civic Platform”, held a round-table discussion on the results and impact of the campaign launched in the framework of the Media Dialogue project to prevent the use of hate speech in the run-up to the April local elections. Participants included representatives of the Central Election Commission, CSOs, experts from the legal community, and media. During the event, WFD campaign experts presented the outcomes of the online discussions held with youth and candidates from 21 cities of seven regions on hate speech, while Media Dialogue grantee Kloop Media presented the findings of its hate speech monitoring conducted during elections to the January presidential elections. The expert from ARTICLE 19 shared international experience and perspective on the prevention of hate speech, in line with ARTICLE 19 Hate Speech Toolkit. Participants agreed there is a need to raise awareness among political actors and the general public on the phenomenon, so that people are aware of the outcomes and challenges the use of hate speech may cause. Overall, the public discussion and the campaign on preventing the use of hate speech were positively received.

On April 26, the Media Dialogue project will hold its third Media Dialogue Talk, devoted to the topic of “Analytical Journalism – How to Create Analytical Content for a Wide Audience.” Representatives of the media, civil society and digital activists are invited to the event. Mikhail Fishman – a prominent Russian journalist, TV presenter, author of the project “And so on” on the TV channel “Rain” will be the event’s main speaker. He will talk about creating interesting analytical content, documentary journalism, and how to monetize copyright projects and remain independent. Media expert in Kyrgyzstan Almaz Ismanov will also intervene and talk about analytical journalism in Kyrgyzstan.

On April 26, the Media Policy Institute, will conduct an Online Presentation of the Legal Analysis of the Law of KR “On Mass Media”, prepared by MPI in 2020 within the frames of the Media Dialogue project. Representatives of mass media of southern regions and Media Dialogue grantees will take part in the presentation.  Earlier, the Legal Anallysis was presented to the media representatives of northern regions. At the present time, many norms of the law require fundamental changes, it has inaccuracies, gaps and contradictions. Media experts, lawyers and mass media representatives themselves noted the imperfection of legislative norms. Media circles often discussed whether the law should be improved.


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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