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DW Akademie in Kyrgyzstan

DW Akademie's projects in Kyrgyzstan focus on community media, strengthening journalists' work along the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border, and training teachers and students in media and information literacy.

In 2019, Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index ranked Kyrgyzstan at position 83, the highest ranking of all Central Asian countries. This indicates, at least within the regional context, that freedom of the press plays a significant role in Kyrgyzstan. However, certain aspects remain hands-off, including the legal protection for journalists.

Our activities

DW Akademie is working with 25 Kyrgyz community media outlets, strengthening their financial sustainability and helping journalists produce balanced reports tailored for specific target groups. People in rural areas often have little access to information. Community reporters receive training, enabling them to provide their communities with reliable information reflecting their interests and needs.

The project also focuses on expanding the journalists' network along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, making it easier for the rural population on both sides of the border to obtain balanced information and minimize conflicts between them. Kyrgyz and Tajiki journalists take part in joint discussion rounds with local communities, strengthening their connection to their target audiences. This helps media professionals make conflict-sensitive, cross-border productions more relevant to their audiences.

In order to strengthen young people's media skills, DW Akademie is working on a pilot project with selected schools. The aim is to integrate media and information literacy (MIL) in the curricula for grades 5 – 11. Media clubs, camps and online courses offer children and youth the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom – for example, by publishing their own articles and broadcasting their own programs. This way they can become more resilient to hate campaigns, misinformation and propaganda.

Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Program Director: Lydia Rahnert

Locations: Bishkek, Dushanbe, Batken, Chudschand, Isfara

Local partners: The Association of Community Media of Kyrgyzstan, Media Development Center Public Foundation (MDC PF), Media Support Center Foundation, Regional Association of Independent Media of Tajikistan (NANSMIT), Public Broadcast Company (KTRK), Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Kloop.kg, Internews

Main focus: Qualification, professionalism and financial sustainability of the media sector, civic engagement, participation of disadvantaged groups, (local) participatory media formats and community media, media and information literacy (MIL)

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