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UN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS KYRGYZSTAN TO COMBAT RASIST MEDIA COVERAGE AND HATE SPEECH

 14-05-2018, 19:42

UN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS KYRGYZSTAN TO COMBAT RASIST MEDIA COVERAGE AND HATE SPEECHUN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommends Kyrgyzstan to combat racist media coverage and incidents of hate speech against ethnic minorities.

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA, an entity focusing on the research of hate speech and discrimination in the media and public discourse, media development, and encouragement of diversity, calls on the authorities, media entities of Kyrgyzstan, and civil society to pay attention to the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

On May 11, 2018, by results of the regular session the members of the UN Committee published concernsand recommendations after listening to the periodic report of Kyrgyzstan.

Human rights entities of the country also delivered their alternative report.

The meeting was held from April 23 to May 11, 2018 in Geneva.

 

Having studied the reports, the UN Committee has recommended that the authorities of Kyrgyzstan should take necessary measures to combat racist media coverage and incidents of hate speech committed including by politicians and other public figures, and ensure that such cases are thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate sanctions be imposed.

 

"The Committee is concerned about the prevalence of stereotyping and stigmatization of ethnic minorities, including Uzbeks, Turks, Uighurs and Mugat, as well as the incidence of hate speech against them in the media and by public and political figures”, as reads the section "Hate speech and ethnic profiling” of the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA for the last 7 years has held regular monitoring and research of hate speech that indicate the established trends of hate speech use against various groups.The stereotypic coverage of ethnic issues by local media has led to the transmission of discriminatory language spoken by public speakers or respondents against minorities by journalists. The development of internet has expanded the opportunities of the freedom of expression and increased the spread of nationalistic expressions.

 

No clear understanding of the difference between the negative-value and unlawful (criminalized) content in publications, which can lead to hate speech crimes, is the result of low awareness and education in ethics and combating intolerance and also low awareness of political, social and cultural rights of ethnic minorities guaranteed by the Kyrgyz Constitution. These factors influence the capability of the media to objectively raise the sensitive issues of ethnic minorities, which leads to even greater stereotyping, stigmatization, thus making the minorities invisible and aloof from society.

 

Kyrgyzstan has some experience of encouragement of ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity through the media developed by local experts. We urge that these practices be introduced into educational and outreach campaigns on media literacy, that we keep on raising awareness and skills of journalists, media workers, communication experts, counsellors, activists in order to reduce the incidence of hate speech and incitement to hatred.

 

Among other recommendations by the UN Committee for Kyrgyzstan have been: to expedite the adoption of anti-discrimination law, to take effective measures to ensure that journalists and human rights defenders (including those working on the rights of ethnic minorities), are able to carry out their work effectively without fear of reprisal, to strengthen awareness-raising campaigns, to combat ethnic or racial stereotypes and stigma with a view to promoting tolerance and understanding.








WORKING MEETING TO DISCUSS RECOMMENDATIONS ON COUNTERING EXTREMISTS' PROPAGANDA

 14-05-2018, 18:08

WORKING  MEETING TO DISCUSS RECOMMENDATIONS ON COUNTERING EXTREMISTS' PROPAGANDA On March 29, 2018, a working discussion meeting was held with participation of the representatives of media, civil society and state bodies to discuss the recommendations on countering the propaganda of extremism developed by the experts of the project "Combating the propaganda of violent extremism through media andawareness” on the basis of media monitoring.

The participants were provided with the findings of the media research "Islamophobia and Propaganda in Online Media and Social Networks of Kyrgyzstan”, where experts have emphasised the alarming trend when media outlets draw parallels between the Islam and extremism. In 60 per cent of articles analysed, authors mentioned Islam even when neither the Islamic religion, nor extremism was the topic of the story. Thus, a narrative connection is created between the Islam and extremism, fear is imposed on the audience, and Islamophobic public discussions are encouraged.

 

Among main recommendations that can help mitigate the consequences of a negative discourse are the need to use peacemaking approaches to overcome hate speech in media, which can be an early prevention of the spread of extremists’ propaganda, to work constantly to reduce the discriminatory language used in the media and on the internet.

Project experts think that such measures will create the conditions for effective and quick response to the radical discourse.

See recommendations here.

The event was organised by School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA under the project "Combating the propaganda of violent extremism through media and awareness” funded by the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.

 





JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM

 9-03-2018, 15:35

JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM25 journalists and media workers from various regions of Kyrgyzstan have been trained to counter the propaganda of violent extremism and hate in the media. The training programme was developed by a team of local and international trainers based on the findings of the media-monitoring sphere of Kyrgyzstan and with the use of new interactive tools.

 

JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISMThe participants have learned about the media used by banned groups to spread extremist propaganda, the mistakes made by journalists and users that lead to the propaganda of extremism, how hate speech and Islamophobia affect the radicalisation of the media. A few sessions have been dedicated to the key aspects of religious safety of Kyrgyzstan, legal standards of international laws on violent extremism, radicalism and terrorism, communication’s methods between official bodies and media outlets when covering security issues.

 

JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISMThe participants have applied the skills they acquired to situational group games and practical exercises, and have jointly developed recommendations on "What journalists can and must do to cover the events related to extremism and terrorism, and what they should not do.”

 

JOURNALISTS TRAINED TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA OF VIOLENT EXTREMISMOn the last day, a presentation of handbook "How to counter extremist propaganda” in Kyrgyz and Russian developed by the project experts exclusively for the media outlets was delivered. The handbooks have been given to the media in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken regions and Bishkek, as well as to the universities to the departments of journalism and communications.

 

The two-day training-workshop was organised by School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA under the "Combatting Violent Extremism Through Media and Awareness’ Project implemented with the financial support of the US Embassy in Bishkek.

 

 





CALL FOR APPLICATION

 23-01-2018, 15:11

CALL FOR APPLICATIONSchool of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia supported by the Democracy Commission of the US Embassy Bishkek announces a competition among journalists who want to take part in the three-day training workshop on Countering Extremists Propaganda and Hate in Media to be held in February 26-27-28 February, 2018 in Bishkek. All costs shall be borne by organizers.

 

The training program is based on modern challenges and current needs of journalists. Participants will be taught the methods and tools of coverage of signs of extremism, terrorism and related issues. They will also learn how the hate speech and its communication aspects influence the spread of radical content in the media and on the Internet, understand what errors of journalists and users lead to propaganda of extremism, learn the difference between harmful and illegal content in order to prevent the consequences of transmitting extremist ideology, practice the skills of journalism ethics and legal security.

The training will be held by international and local experts having solid experience.

We are inviting journalists and media activists aged below 35 from all the regions of Kyrgyzstan.

Participants of the training will be selected on a competitive basis. Those selected shall be obliged to take the training program from the beginning to the end.

In order to take part in the competition, please email the following documents to: peacemakingschool@gmail.com:

— a completed application form for participation in the training (download here)
— a CV,

— a scan of ID.

Only a complete set of documents will be accepted.

Deadline for applications— 5:00 pm February 16, 2018.

Late applications will not be considered.





Combatting Violent Extremism Through Media and Awareness

 12-12-2017, 14:59

Combatting Violent Extremism Through Media and AwarenessThe School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia with the financial support of the Democracy Commission of US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is implementing the project intended for early warning of extremist propaganda, by building rapid response for radical discourse via the media and communications strategies.

The analysis of media sphere and internet carried out by the project experts shows that religious intolerance takes one of the top places among all media phobias and can contribute to the conveyance of extremist ideology. The media often form their content based on news events found on the internet. On the one hand, they provide the audience with more diverse information; on the other hand, they can retransmit the ideas of extremism once they get caught by the propaganda. Moreover, when covering extremism and related issues visual content from various online sources is being widely used. This content is often the propaganda of radical narratives leading to violent extremism.

Based on the researche findings, project staff has developed recommendations and tools of combating the propaganda of violent extremism in media and internet such as training programs for journalists and activistc, as well as models of media campaigns on how to treat these issues in the public domain.

"In our project activity, we apply the peacemaking approach to countering hate in the media as an early warning of extremist propaganda” I. Sikorskaya, Director of the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in CA, said. "Today journalists, internet activists and communicators have found themselves vulnerable to the propaganda of extremism; so our task is to teach them how to effectively respond to the radical discourse.”

In the framework of the project, journalists and activists will be trained the tools that will help them detect extremist propaganda, use advanced methods to report extremism, humanize Islam in stories to overcome the image of the enemy and reduce the risks of extremism propaganda, respond adequately to destructive online communications.





ACTIVISTS WORKING ON DIVERCITY HAS TRAINED EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

 27-11-2017, 12:29
ACTIVISTS WORKING ON DIVERCITY HAS TRAINED EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONSActivists working in NGOs on the issues of diversity, minorities and social groups from various regions of Kyrgyzstan trained effective communications with media at the workshop held in Bishkek on November 23, 2017.

The training program comprised interactive sessions and practical group exercises. Participants learned about the purposes of communications and newsbreaks, learned how to make standard events interesting for media, understood to find topics that may be of interest for the audience when covering the activities of NGOs in the context of minorities issues.

A special session was dedicated to the freedom of expression, hate speech and stereotypes, and also the skills of compiling glossaries on overcoming hate speech to work with sensitive content. During intensive group games, participants practiced the skills of communicating with journalists, and learned to hold press conferences given the model situation.

 

Natalya Lyubeznova, a trainer of the workshop, says that effective communications between media and communities will help activists promote significant ideas and projects important for the people.

"Acquiring the interaction skills is needed to establish contacts and relations, to understand the choice of ways of community target achievement, including through the formation of a favorable attitude, which will neutralize the public negative attitude, which was shaped due to various legal initiatives focused on the reduction of civil sector activities,” Lyubeznova emphasized.

 






CALL FOR APPLICATION TO COMMUNICATION'S WORKSHOP

 12-10-2017, 05:23

The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) announces the contest for participation in a one-day training "Effective Communications Between the Media and Communities” to be held on November 23, 2017 in Bishkek.

Working language – Russian.

We are inviting PR officers from NGOs involved in diversity and minorities issues, as well as journalists from media outlets that cover these issues. The training covers the techniques of overcoming discrimination in the media, communications tools, developing action plans to encourage diversity in media environment.

Organizers shall cover all costs.

To take part in the contest, the applicant should submit a completed application form (here Application-form-for-participants_eng.pdf [141,68 Kb] (cкачиваний: 2), a CV of a potential participant, attach a scan of passport, and a letter (on the official letterhead) of the referring entity with the request for participation. The main selection criteria will be the current activity of the applicant in this area, understanding of the significance of diversity in the society, the promotion of vulnerable group issues in the media.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 Bishkek time, November 16, 2017.

All applications with a full package of documents should be submitted at: peacemakingschool@gmail.com





PROJECT HELP TO CREATE THE DIALOG ENCORAGING DIVERSITY

 11-09-2017, 05:54

PROJECT HELP TO CREATE THE DIALOG  ENCORAGING DIVERSITYOn September 4, 2017, the Promoting Diversity and Media Pluralism Through Awareness, Toolkit Development and Communication’s Workshop Project was launched.

The project supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

 

The main goal of the project is to raise public awareness on diversity through groups and improve the understanding of issues and possibilities to promote pluralism. In order to achieve this goal, a whole range of consultations and meetings with local NGOs, media outlets and public authorities will be held to discuss the action plan on raising public awareness through social media campaigns.

 

The project staff will be monitoring the discriminatory initiatives and non-tolerance in the media and public discourse meant to constraint of diversity and pluralism in order to find out and prevent possible negative consequences, will develop and distribute the guidance on diversity for media workers and journalists, will organize a workshop on effective communications for activists working in the field of diversity and media.

 

"Growing non-tolerance, the increase in the number of ultranationalist vigilant groups, ethnic marginalization, violence and discrimination against women, girls, especially in rural areas, and hatred towards LGBT require new approaches in media communications between NGOs involved in minorities issues and media outlets covering such topics,” project manager Inga Sikorskaya said. "We will try to strike a happy medium in these sensitive issues and offer ways of dialog within the society.”

 

 





MONITORING USERS CRITICIZING PRESIDENT LOOK LIKE INTERNET CENSORSHIP

 17-01-2017, 00:00

MONITORING USERS CRITICIZING  PRESIDENT LOOK LIKE INTERNET CENSORSHIP Discussions about intelligence services keeps a close watch on users of social media criticizing President A. Atambaev look like attempted censorship by authorities.

In the last few days, the Zhogorku Kenesh (Parlament), media and internet discussthe issues related to the State Committee for National Security [GKNB] checking the posts criticizing the president of the Kyrgyz Republic. According to the official letter from GKNB announced on January 12, 2017 at the meeting of Zhogorku Kenesh in response to the legislator’s request, 10 Facebook users were identified as "spreading and posting negative publications about the head of state.” Also, GKNB reported that it keeps on "taking measures to identify other 35 users.” According to the media message, the representative of the president noted that GKNB thoroughly investigated the posts of users based in Kyrgyzstan according to article "On protection of honor and dignity” under applicable law "On safeguards for the Kyrgyz Republic president’s activities.”





The 10th Annual Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Film Festival 2016 Starts Tomorrow

 30-10-2016, 13:25

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