The annual Media Toptoo (“Media Gathering”), hosted by Internews in Kyrgyzstan, is the leading event for news professionals in the country. Now in its third year, for the first time the event was held completely online, in order to adapt to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis.
The European Union is helping countries in Central Asia take measures to effectively counter radicalisation and promote peace and stability. The aim is to increase societal resilience and empower people to spot and react to disinformation.
More than 500 people, including speakers and participants from nine different countries, came together at the end of April in the Kyrgyz Republic to participate in the second Media Toptoo Industrial Forum, an event focused on market trends in the media sphere.
Two journalists who were Fellows in Internews’ Media-K data journalism project in Kyrgyzstan wrote an investigative article about the large number of Kyrgyz citizens who leave the country to work abroad and send back their earnings to their family members still in Kyrgyzstan.
Journalists are making joint-efforts towards preventing the spread of violent extremism and terrorism in Central Asia. The first regional innovation laboratory “STORYCRAFT – Innovate. Play. Engage.” that was held in Bishkek on the 24th to 26th of September, demonstrated that the path to greater stability and peace in Central Asia is best supported by cross-national cooperation on all levels of society.
In Central Asia, as in other parts of the world, “fake news” and propaganda are becoming more prevalent and citizens are starting to understand that they need to take measures to combat the onslaught.
Michelle Foster, a media expert from NEWSGAIN (USA) and Jason Lambert, a consultant on the digital media held the training.
The participants familiarized with online metrics and learned about using statistics to improve content and attract audience on different platforms.
The forum has become an open professional platform for the sharing the best practices with colleagues and searching the new forms of cooperation.