Internews in Kyrgyzstan supported projects for the 2020 elections

The Media-K project of Internews in Kyrgyzstan, implemented with financial support from the USAID, provides legal, technical and media support to the main participants in the electoral process and supports a number of information and educational areas within the ongoing campaign for the election of a new parliamentary composition of the country.

Trainings, editorial and CEC support

Media-K works closely with the CEC, as an authorized state body. The cycle of joint trainings for journalists is coming to an end.

- helped them understand the peculiarities of the electoral process and each of its stages,

- distinguish information from campaigning,

- navigate the information resources of the CEC and use open data in their publications and materials

- Distinguish hate speech and work with global platforms such as Facebook and Twitter on online disinformation.

Media-K will support the installation of equipment for conducting live broadcasts of CEC meetings.

Also, Media-K finances the activities of partner organizations. Their activities help to hold open elections, ensure free participation of the media in election coverage with high standards of journalistic ethics, protect the rights of journalists and the media, and counter the spread of disinformation.

Trainings were held for journalists and editors with the participation of IMP lawyers and representatives of the CEC, explaining the rights and responsibilities of the media during the election campaign.

The Media Policy Institute conducts consultations for journalists, prepares an analysis of materials before publication to exclude any potential legal risks and legal proceedings.

Information campaign #СилаГолоса (Power of the voice)

Three leading production studios Antares Creative Group, 1.1 Studio and Media Kitchen prepared media products for TV channels and social networks, which became the basis of an information campaign for voters with a single hashtag #СилаГолоса  #ДобуштунКүчү  (Power of the voice).

These videos will help civic education of young people and motivate young people to vote, not sell their votes, make informed choices, resist manipulation, hate speech and misinformation during the election campaign, and promote more women's participation in the electoral process.

All videos can be downloaded here.

Monitoring hate speech and election promises

Experts led by Inga Sikorskaya, Director of the School of Peacemaking and Media Technologies in Central Asia, have begun a series of studies on hate speech in the media. The first study deals with the electoral discourse in Kyrgyzstan (July-August). Interim studies are expected during the campaign period and after the vote. Practical training was also conducted for journalists on distinguishing between hate speech and compliance with ethical standards. helps monitor and track election promises. This will increase voters' awareness of the credibility and realism of political programs of political parties, promises and statements of candidates.

Fact-checking and debate monitoring

During the campaign period, the team will constantly monitor speeches, statements, promises of political parties and their candidates on social networks and during TV debates for manipulation and disinformation.

Statements and promises that are clearly manipulative in nature and voiced during televised debates will be exposed online and published on the official website and public pages of social networks Also, journalists will be engaged in checking the public speeches of candidates for reliability and realism using fact-checking tools.