The development of the Information Policy Concept started today
The Media Dialogue project held a workshop today to lay the foundations for the inclusive development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the participation of representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, the Ministry of Culture Information and Tourism (MinCIT), the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior and the Media Dialogue project.
The event kicked off with a joint discussion on the current status of the implementation of information policy in the Kyrgyz Republic and of potential approaches to the development of such policy. The participants discussed the goal and priorities to be included in the Concept, its duration and structure, and made a mapping of the key stakeholders to be involved throughout the drafting process.
The Director of the Information and Mass Communication Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism, Salkyn Sarnogoyeva, noted that Kyrgyzstan does not have a conceptual document defining the country’s information policy and added:
” It is necessary to bring the national media legislation in line with international journalism standards and the opportunities offered by the digital age, and to strengthen the country’s information policy accordingly. Therefore, the MinCIT included the development of the Information Policy Concept into its plan of action for 2021 and we are glad to work together with media actors and stakeholder in the Concept elaboration process”.
The Media Dialogue project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, noted: “We will organize wide-scale consultations with the entire media sector and representatives and the civil society. Today we are discussing the Concept as a document and as a process that will take several months to develop. What is the aim of the information policy, how it should be regulated, what are its priorities, what are the basic principles of the information policy – these all are important topics to be addressed.”