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Media Dialogue Newsletter #5

Media Policy Institute will hold a webinar on digital security on social networks on July 23, 2020, with the aim of raising awareness among bloggers and social media users on preventive measures against hacking and illegal interference practices to restrict access to information.

The Media Dialogue project is launching new grants call for supporting media organisations in Kyrgyzstan. The Project is offering a series of grants to monitor hate speech and divisive, inflammatory narratives on social media throughout the upcoming parliamentary election campaign. The grants programme is managed by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy and the specific objective of this call for applications is to support social media monitoring initiatives on the upcoming parliamentary election campaign. For more information please follow the link https://bit.ly/3jwKwSa.

In late June The Media Dialogue project invited a focus group of state and independent journalists, editors, bloggers and influencers to take part in a round of four meetings in order to analyse key trends and development issues affecting the media sector in Kyrgyzstan, as well as to discuss avenues for media development and support, especially in light of the further difficulties created by the Covid-19 crisis. Concerns were raised by the participants on the new Law on Manipulation of Information, which was thoroughly analysed by the Media Dialogue project expert in a policy brief quoted by different media outlets like Kaktus media, Polit Klinika, TV1KG, Elgezit, etc.

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 electionrelated 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 #5

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