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Media Dialogue Newsletter #14

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, September 25, 2020

On September 24, 2020 the European Partnership for Democracy organized in the framework of the
Media Dialogue project a meeting between representatives of the media sector in Kyrgyzstan and of the
political parties participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The main aim of the meeting was to
support freedom of expression in Kyrgyzstan and to introduce to parliamentarians the recently issued A
Freedom of Speech Agreement drafted by media stakeholders. All 16 political parties were invited to
participate at this meeting with the media sector. Among them, 15 political parties signed A Freedom of
Speech Agreement: “The Democratic Party “Birimdik”
(Unity)”, “Mekenchil”, “Yiman Nuru”, “Mekenim Kyrgyzstan”, “Reforma”, “Ata Meken”, “Zamandash”,
“Butun Kyrgyzstan”, “Social Democrats of Kyrgyzstan”, “Meken Yntymagy”, “The Political Party of the
Afghan War Veterans And Participants in Other Local Combat Conflicts”, “Ordo”, “Bir Bol”, “Respublika” and
“Chon Kazat”. Thus, future deputies of the parliament have demonstrated their commitment to improve
freedom of expression. The media sector representatives will monitor how political parties, elected to the
Seventh convocation of the Parliament, will implement the proposed actions included in the Agreement to
promote freedom of expression.

On September 28, 2020, the Media Policy Institute and the Article 19, two partners of the Media
Dialogue project, will deliver a joint video-statement in response to Kyrgyzstan’s Universal Periodic Review
recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council 45 th session. The session and the video-statement will be
live streamed through the following link:  http://webtv.un.org/live/

 

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 project specialist Asel Moldokmatova at +996504222408 0r aselmoldokmatova@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 #14

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