Media Dialogue Newsletter #8

Media Dialogue Newsletter

Bishkek, August 13, 2020

Media Policy Institute,  the partner of the Media Dialogue project carried out a legal analysis of the law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Mass Media” in the first half of 2020, that contains not only the norms of the law on mass media, but also the norms of the relevant legislation. During the preparation of this legal analysis, meetings and consultations were held with representatives of the media and news agencies.

Also, a round table with representatives of media and civil organizations, the media, and the expert community of Kyrgyzstan was held on August 12, 2020, where the MPI lawyers made a presentation of legal analysis of law “On Mass Media”. This event aimed at discussing and getting feedback from the media representatives and experts on the analysis content.

The Media Dialogue project will hold an information session of the grant program supporting media organizations in Kyrgyzstan on August 13, at 5 PM on the Zoom platform, where the grant managers will answer stakeholders questions regarding the writing and filling of the grant application and budget form. Recent grant calls of the project are aimed at supporting the production of information materials related to the parliamentary elections and supporting initiatives in the field of monitoring media resources, including social networks, in the framework of the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 4, 2020. If you want to join the information session please follow the link

One of the Media Dialogue project grantees, Salam Media from Batken issues relevant materials in the Kyrgyz language, and their two new programs are devoted to the use of the state budget «Элдин акчасы эмнеге жумшалып атат?»  and measures for the prevention of Covid-19 in the city of Batken «Баткен шаарында таажы илдетинин алдын алуу боюнча иш-аракеттер». The main idea of the Salam Media project is to provide a platform for dialogue between the media and government bodies in the Batken region.


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 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 Officer, Gulaiym Shigaibaeva at +996552201234 or, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or

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 #8

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