Kyrgyzstan

The ethnic conflicts that broke out in the spring of 2010 between the country’s Kyrgyz majority and Uzbek minority are symptomatic of deep divisions within Kyrgyzstan’s fractured society. The resulting fear and self-censorship created a vacuum of Uzbek-language media and left both communities without access to objective information about issues of mutual concern. Internews launched a multi-language TV and radio production studio in Osh (the epicenter of the violence) that broadcasts in both Kyrgyz and Uzbek. The station trains and employs local journalists of all ethnicities to work side by side. Internews also is assisting in transforming Kyrgyzstan’s state controlled broadcaster into a public broadcast system, and helping the media community prepare for the upcoming transition to digital broadcasting.

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  • Kyrgyzstani Multilingual Broadcaster Celebrates One Year of Promoting Harmony

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Yntymak, a multilingual TV and radio station in southern Kyrgyzstan, celebrated its one-year anniversary with a public ceremony and concert on September 5. Yntymak (which means “harmony” or “accord” in both Kyrgyz and Uzbek) was cofounded by Internews and the government of Kyrgyzstan to promote inter-ethnic reconciliation between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks following a spate of ethnic violence in the South in 2010.

    The station broadcasts TV and radio content in Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Russian in Kyrgyzstan’s southern Osh and Jalalabad provinces.