International Forum “The role of media in preventing violent extremism” will run in Almaty

The second International Forum “The role of media in preventing violent extremism” organized by Internews within the framework of the European Union funded project “Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia” will take place on August 14, 2019.

The forum will bring together representatives of the media community, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public opinion leaders and experts on issues of radicalism leading to violence from Central Asian countries and abroad.

The forum objective is to discuss the role of media in preventing radicalisation in Central Asian countries, to share experience in implementing successful local and global media initiatives, to conduct expert sessions and demonstrate cases of how independent media can interact and enhance communication with their communities (especially with youth, women, ethnic and religious minorities).

A comprehensive discussion of media initiatives on preventing radicalisation leading to violence will help strengthen national and regional cooperation in order to enhance dialogue in the region and will become an important platform in finding solutions and successful practices in this area.

The forum participants will share cases on successful or unlucky community engagement initiatives, as well as discuss the lessons learned and opportunities to adapt successful media practices in the countries of the region.

“The role of media in preventing violent extremism” forum is an innovative and experimental public platform that consists of four sub-events that will take place in two locations over the course of the three days:

  • “Будет Talk!” – a speech-conference on media literacy. “Будет Talk!” will take place on August 14, 2019. Venue: Experimental theater "ARTiSHOK", 40 Gogol Str., Almaty.
  • “Content Festival” – a showcase of one of the best media projects funded within “Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia”. “Content Festival” will take place August 14, 2019. Venue: Experimental theater "ARTiSHOK", 40 Gogol Str., Almaty.
  • Practical conference “The Role of Media in Preventing Violent Extremism” – plenary sessions and discussions, where speakers and participants will discuss preventing violent extremism issues and the role of media in preventing radicalisation at the global level and in Central Asian countries. The main message of the conference: the media are active participants in the process and play an important and irreplaceable role in preventing radicalisation. The conference will take place on August 15, 2019. Venue: “Holiday Inn” Hotel, 2D Timiryazev Str., Almaty.
  • “Media Lab” – an interactive platform to engage participants in prototyping media products on preventing violent extremism. The goal is to examine the approaches of professional reporting on conflict-sensitive topics. Media Lab will take place on August 16, 2019. Venue: “Holiday Inn” Hotel, 2D Timiryazev Str., Almaty.

International Forum is organized within the framework of “Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia” project financed by the European Union and implemented by Internews. The project is focused on national and regional efforts to prevent radicalisation in Central Asia through increasing the capacity of journalists, civic activists and media professionals (through training activities, workshops both on national and regional level, and innovation laboratories) in production of high-quality media content and raising the level of critical media consumption of representatives of civil society, decision-makers and general public.

For more information about the Forum, please contact:

For more information about “Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia” project, please contact Farhod Rahmatov, Project Director, by phone +996 (312) 98-68-80 ext. 305, or e-mail: frahmatov@internews.org

   
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