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Hate speech debates on TV expose ethical issues in media

 25-05-2015, 00:00

                            Hate speech debates on TV expose ethical issues in media School of Peacemaking and Media Technology, involved in media development and hate speech studies, has looked into the debates and comments in media and on the web that appeared after some Russian and local media outlets, online newspapers reprinted the article titled On Lions and Jackals with the subtitle Central State Channel in Kyrgyzstan Promotes Nazism.

The article was published on 19 May 2015 both on the websiteand in Moskovsky Komsomolets-Asia newspaper. It discussed inappropriate statements of Abdrakhman Alymbaev, former chairman of the National Union of Writers of Kyrgyzstan and public figure, in a TV programme Tooluktardyn Tok Shousu (Highlanders Talk Show) broadcasted on OTRK in December 2014. The host and guest of the programme were discussing the differences between ethnic groups residing in Kyrgyzstan. The author of the article in MK-Asia accused Abdrakhmanov and OTRK of "voicing Nazi ideas”.

Also, a 4-minute video demonstrating a part of this TV programme was uploaded to YouTube on May 19, 2015.

Experts of School of Peacemaking and Media Technologyfound more than 150 short articles, posts, comments that discussed this topic in media and on the web last week. The majority of publications contained hate speech, xenophobic clichés and stereotypes, dehumanising metaphors concerning both parties. When quoting public speakers commenting on this issue, journalists conveyed hate speech, which had negative impact on both the audience and commentators that were immediately involved in the debate and used offensive language.





Knowledge-Based Tools and Technological Skills to Deal With the Challenges of The Digital Age

 21-05-2015, 16:42
Knowledge-Based Tools and Technological Skills to Deal With the Challenges of The Digital Age

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia is launching a series of master classes, workshops and consultations for NGOs, media, journalists, activists and users on mastering the skills of digital, linguistic and speech security, development of organizational and individual strategies of cyber risk management, creation of collective and individual safety cards for working on the internet, designing of network security policy.

Highly professional team of experts, with vast experience in media sphere, information security, researches and monitoring, has developed a training course for Central Asia subject to local specifics, laws, level of internet penetration, activity of users, and network communications.

Tools of linguistic and digital security will help improve network communications in the digital age, teach how journalists, rights activists and other users can make themselves safe from any possible internet attacks, and from voice or visual traps of internet trolls, who interfere with personal network communications.





How to Avoid Mistakes "Charlie Hebdo" On the Internet and Decrease Cyber Risks in Central Asia?

 19-05-2015, 17:48

How to Avoid Mistakes "Charlie Hebdo" On the Internet and Decrease Cyber Risks in Central Asia?Reports and master classes about it topics were presented at the Internet Forum by I. Sikorskaya and V.Mamedov, expertsof the School of Peacemaking and Media Technologies. Experts believe that new tools of linguistic, speech, digital security and visual hygiene will help journalists, rights activists and users improve their network communications in the digital age.

The study and master classes on linguistic, speech, digital security and visual hygiene were provided byat the 6thannual international forumDevelopment of Internet Sphere in Central Asia InternetCA-2015, which was held May 14-15 in Almaty (Kazakhstan).At the forum were also participated experts from Kazakhstan, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and the OSCE.

The advanced course presented by Peacemakingschool’s experts goes beyond all existing methodologies since it offers the complex approach: from knowledge-based tools to technological skills and development of new network thinking in the digital age.





Media Under Pressure from Political Agenda, Hate Speech, Digital Security Challenges

 6-05-2015, 02:04

Media Under Pressure from Political Agenda, Hate Speech, Digital Security ChallengesThe Kyrgyz media celebrated World Press Freedom Day 2015 with relative freedom, under pressure from the political agenda, hate speech, digital security challenges and cyber threats.

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology presented the report of freedom of expression in local media and on the internet. Experts emphasised the influence of social and political agenda on the media content. Analysis of the last four months identified 7 major topics covered mostly by the media. The majority of articles and posts were using hate speech. The leading topics covered in the media and on the internet were the Chinese expansion and Kumtor; almost the same number of stories, articles and posts raised the issue of accession of Kyrgyzstan to EAEC.





Diversity Reporting Online Course launched in Kyrgyzstan

 30-04-2015, 18:03

Diversity Reporting Online Course launched in KyrgyzstanIt is the first online handbook that in Kyrgyzstan has never been.

This course was developed by trainers and experts of the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology as part of the Encouraging Diversity Through Media project with financial support of the Freedom of Information Program of Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan.

The course is a training aid for journalists on how to cover ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity in time of peace and conflict. Special sections provide detailed modern diversity terminology, aspects of diversity in laws and regulations of Kyrgyzstan, international practices and new approaches to diversity coverage. This course will be useful not only to reporters and editors, but also to media communication experts, teachers and students, and those who want to learn to write articles according to high ethical standards and norms.The lectures contained training aids used during trainingsessions on improving skills of journalists to cover diversity, producing team and multimedia coverage, as well as the modules on peacemaking journalism and destroying stereotypes, created as part of the Program to Reduce the Potential for Renewed Ethnic Conflict implemented in 2010-2013.


 





Latest Hate Speech Report in Kyrgyzstan: abusive speech in public discourse and the "Charlie Hebdo effect"

 15-04-2015, 00:00

  Latest Hate Speech Report in Kyrgyzstan: abusive speech in public discourse and the "Charlie Hebdo effect"School of Peacemaking and Media Technology supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) has completed the media monitoring report "Hate Speech in the Media and Internet’.

 

The report is based on the analysis of hate content carried in the surveyed broadcasting, print, online media outlets and social networks of the Kyrgyz Republic. All surveyed media were examined for ethnic stereotypes and xenophobia

In December 2014, January and February 2015, we performed content analysis of 47 media outlets broadcasted and published in Kyrgyzstan in Kyrgyz and Russian languages, including 33 newspapers, 11 online media outlets, 2 TV channels, and 1 social media outlet. The media outlets were selected for analysis based on their popularity rating among the audience, availability and distribution in all the regions of the country. Current media monitoring contained some additional indicators such as focus-group interviews in border areas and in geographically compact minority communities.





“Hate Speech in the Media and Internet in Kyrgyzstan-2014”.Annual report has presented.

 23-01-2015, 14:35
“Hate Speech in the Media and Internet in Kyrgyzstan-2014”.Annual report has presented.

School of Peacemaking and Media Technology has presented its annual report "Hate Speech in the Media and Internet in Kyrgyzstan-2014”. The report was based on the analysis on hate content carried in the surveyed print, broadcasting and online media outlets published and issued in the country in Kyrgyz and Russian languages, which were classified according to perpetrators; victims; topics, genres, types of hate speech, stereotypes and clichés.

47 media outlets most popular among audience were selected for the study. Content analysis showed that more than one-third (36.1%) of media monitored contained hate speech. Almost 56% of all articles examined contained harsh and moderate hate language.

Classification by media types identified that in 2014 print media outlets included the majority of hate speech. 41.3% of newspapers monitored contained ad hominem attacks. Then follow online media, which 27.2% of hate speech rained down on the internet, and finally TV channelsgave of hate speech 1% only.

In 2014 compared to the previous year, general trends changed a little, and hate speech vocabulary showed some growth. Distinctive trend of 2014 were retranslating stereotypes and quoting by reporters of xenophobic connotations expressed by speakers in the political arena, media texts with dubious quotes with no editorial comments.

Author’s columns often contained harsh and moderate hate speech, direct and implicit forms for accusing an ethnic group of unwelcomed willingness to settle down in the region; creating negative image of an ethnic group by covering domestic conflicts and accusations of criminality.

Kyrgyz language newspapers top the list of hate speech producers; whereas online outlets top the list among Russian language media.

Hate speech in a wide range of topics

Hate speech creates negative public images of minorities, which proportion in media texts varies based on social and political events and media reflection. In 2014, hate speech was often contained in articles/stories covering discussions on historical and border topics, where ethnic groups were accused of criminality. Hate rhetoric was detected in topics covering the Kyrgyzstan’s reaction to relations between Russia and Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, participation of Kyrgyz nationals in the war in Syria, discussion about the Kyrgyz-Canadian JV Kumtor, investment projects of China in Kyrgyzstan, forthcoming accession of the country to the Eurasian Union.






The Through Diversity to Sustainable Development of Kyrgyzstan conference was held in Bishkek

 5-12-2014, 11:41
The Through Diversity to Sustainable Development of Kyrgyzstan conference was held in BishkekThe event was organized by the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology of the Network of Social Mediators with the financial support of the Freedom of Information Program of Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan as part of the Encouraging Diversity through Media project.



Media project helps journalists to better cover linguistic and ethnic diversity in Kyrgyzstan

 14-11-2014, 11:12
Media project helps journalists to better cover linguistic and ethnic diversity in KyrgyzstanTheThrough Diversity to Sustainable Development conference to be held on November 27, 2014 in Bishkek is going to expand the discussion on this topic.



Reporters Learned at Diversity Training and Created Their Media Projects

 17-07-2014, 09:23
Reporters Learned at Diversity Training and Created Their Media ProjectsIntensive workshop was held on July 7-11, 2014 at Bishkek under the supervision of the media trainers from Spain, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, who have extensive experience in ethnic and inclusive journalism, production of multimedia product.





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