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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] (Downloads: 4), 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

The 10th Annual Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Film Festival 2016 Starts TomorrowThe 10th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival presents inspiring, topical, and documentary, as well as special interactive discussion that grapple with the challenges of defending human rights around the world today.

At the festival 5 national films, 9 foreign and 5 films from the CIS countries will be presented. Each film is unique, the films reflect different social problems. The films are grouped as follows:Human rights and resources, Women rights, Human trafficking and child labour, Access to information, Labour rights, Right for education, Children rights.

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Global peacebuilders unite: Germany 2016

 19-10-2016, 00:00
 Global peacebuilders unite: Germany 2016
Last month, peacebuilders from around the world met in Germany to discuss how civil society can contribute to peace. 
The first Global Peacebuilder Summit took place in Germany. The summit gave an opportunity to peace activists from 30 countries including Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Kenya, Mali, Iraq and Nigeria to share their experiences and discuss the role of civil society in peace processes.Kyrgyzstan was presented by School of Peacemaking and Media Technology.

 





A graphic threat: using comics to combat stereotyping in Kyrgyzstan

 25-09-2016, 00:00
A graphic threat: using comics to combat stereotyping in Kyrgyzstan

There are many social issues in Kyrgyzstan which have been ignored by society. These include a lack of respect for human rights, gender inequality, and violence towards women and children. Gender violence in particular is widespread in the Kyrgyz Republic, especially in the southern part of the country.Ainagul Amatbekova,a student at Osh State University, an activist for the Public Union "Novi Ritm" and a graduate of the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology.reports on a novel way that activists are fighting gender discrimination and violence in Kyrgyzstan.






HOPE NOT HATE: TRAINING THE MEDIA TO BUILD PEACE IN KYRGYZSTAN

 20-09-2016, 00:00
	

HOPE NOT HATE: TRAINING THE MEDIA TO BUILD PEACE IN KYRGYZSTANMedia xenophobia has helped cause divisions in Kyrgyzstan. But

Media xenophobia has helped cause divisions in Kyrgyzstan. But

organisations such as the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology are
challenging those who seek to create tension.
The the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia, a nonprofit organization based in
Kyrgyzstan, hate speech is widely used in media, internet and public discourse.
For example, in the last year more than one third of Kyrgyzstan is have heard,
seen or read in the media statements expressing disapproval, hatred, or
aggression towards minorities, which, according to the respondents, could lead
to violence. Almost half of respondents felt "insecurity and fear of
destabilization, fear for their life and fear of the future."

According to monitoring by the School of Peacemaking

 

 





Experts Share Their Experience, Wisdom of Combating Xenophobia and Hate Speech Online

 18-05-2016, 17:14
Experts Share Their Experience, Wisdom of Combating Xenophobia and Hate Speech Online

Experts recommend promoting self-regulation in online communities, enhancing media literacy, developing tolerant speech strategies as effective tools to overcome hate speech and discrimination on the Internet.

On May 12-13, the 7thCentral Asian Forum "Development of Internet Sphere in Central Asia InternetCA-2016” was held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on the subject "Calls to Counter Destructive Content on the Internet: Xenophobia, Propaganda, Language of Intolerance”.

The main topics of the discussion referred to media wars, media manipulations, hate speech, propaganda, differences between the freedom of expression and intolerance, understanding of this ways, in order to avoid the total control of the internet and pressure on freedoms. International and regional specialists’ demonstrated best cases, recommendations and held master classes.





Journalism must become the key vehicle in countering hate speech, xenophobia and propaganda

 3-05-2016, 11:47
Journalism must become the key vehicle in countering hate speech, xenophobia and propaganda

Journalism must become the key vehicle in countering hate speech, xenophobia and propaganda in media and on the Internet.

On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day celebrated on May 3, 2016, the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia encourages the promotion of quality journalism and ethic communications in order to counter modern challenges.

In Central Asia, as well as in many other countries around the world, the crisis in the media sphere has been caused by the governmental control, lack of journalism standards, and increasing language of intolerance. Continuous monitoring and studies of media and Internet highlight such trends. Xenophobia and its various types are expressed in open or veiled forms of intolerance in the media environment, which results in the hostility in response, negative impact on the audience, and encouragement of inhumane stereotypes in the society. The negative discourse is promoted by the propaganda, network aggression, and a series of fibs circulated in media and Internet.






Our experts held seminars in Kazakhstan on freedom of expression and hate speech on Internet

 20-04-2016, 00:00

Our experts held seminars in Kazakhstan on freedom of expression and hate speech on InternetASTANA, 19 April 2016 – An OSCE-supported two-day training seminar on protecting freedom of expression and countering hate speech on the Internet began today in Astana.

Some 40 journalists, lawyers, academics, representatives of the Justice, Interior, Investment and Development Ministries, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Anti-terrorism Centre under the National Security Committee and Supreme Court gathered to discuss the relationship between media and hate speech policies and ways to enhance co-operation between governments, civil society and media organizations.

The event was co-organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana and the Legal Media Centre, a non-governmental organization based in Kazakhstan.







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  • Training’s participants on mediation and conflict management are building the Tower of Peace, Bishkek, April 2011

  • Training in destroying stereotypes for journalists, Bishkek, April 2012

  • Workshop on production of team reporting in multinational journalist groups, Bishkek, August 2012


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