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The Media Dialogue project has announced the winners of grant competitions for editorial productions and social media monitoring initiatives to report on the upcoming parliamentary elections

Media Dialogue has announced the winners of the last two rounds of its grants programme. The overall objective of the Media Dialogue grant programme is to support media organizations and CSOs advocating freedom of speech in performing the role of watchdog, offering an open forum for debate and being a public educator, thereby contributing to ensuring a democratic electoral process. Following the successful launch of our first call for proposal, in which 4 media organizations were selected to work of projects focusing on advocacy campaigns promoting access to information, freedom of expression and informational transparency of government agencies, we launched a second and third call for proposals.

The second call for proposals was launched in July and focused on social media monitoring initiatives, with a particular focus on projects that monitor hate speech and the use of inflammatory narratives by key electoral actors.

The third call for proposals was launched in August to encourage some established media actors to produce editorial productions covering the upcoming parliamentary elections, but also to broadcast debates between candidates and document issues discussed during the campaigns.

Following these two calls for proposals, 2 media organizations based in Kyrgyzstan have been selected to be awarded grants of the maximum value of €30 000 to conduct social media monitoring initiatives, while other 9 media organizations will receive individual grants between €5 000 and €10 000 for a range of editorial production projects that will last between 2 and 6 months. The grants program is being managed by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

The results were announced on the 9th of September, in a meeting attended by representatives of the project consortium. This first online meeting with the finalists of the competition included a presentation on project cycle management, project implementation processes and reporting requirements.

Notes:

  1. About us: 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 organizations 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.
  2. 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.
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