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Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia through media literacy, improved reporting and regional cooperation

16 September 2019

On 11 September EED hosted an event organized by the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in Brussels and by Internews Central Asia office in Bishkek, which marked the end of the EU-supported project “Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia through media literacy, improved reporting and regional cooperation”.

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On 11 September EED hosted an event organized by the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in Brussels and by Internews Central Asia office in Bishkek, which marked the end of the EU-supported project “Contributing to stability and peace in Central Asia through media literacy, improved reporting and regional cooperation”.

Funded under the “Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace” and launched in April 2018, the project was implemented by Internews and focused on national and regional efforts to prevent radicalisation in Central Asia. Through training activities, workshops and innovation laboratories, it aimed at increasing the capacity of journalists, civic activists and media professionals to produce high-quality media content and raising the level of critical media consumption of representatives of civil society, decision-makers and ordinary public.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, Head of Research for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at ENC, who was joined by Peter Sondergaard, EED Director of Programmes, Marc Fiedrich, FPI2 Head of Unit, and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director, for the opening remarks. They all underlined how crucial is to increase societal resilience and empower people to spot and react to disinformation, especially in contexts where extremist groups use online channels to promote ideologies inciting society’s most vulnerable to violence. In line with the recently adopted new EU strategy on Central Asia, the project put forward a coordinated regional approach in addressing common security challenges.

From Internews, Farhod Rahmatov, Project Director in Central Asia, Timur Oganov, Regional Program Manager, and Ibrohimjon Mullojonov, participant of the project “My new family”, presented the main successful activities and outcomes. The project proved that, even though content blocking and takedowns are widely used to counteract the diffusion of disinformation, they are inefficient on the long term. Engaging people through training and awareness raising activities remains the most efficient method to educate them to critical media consumption and prevent radicalization.

 

 

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