Govori.TV win prestigious Central-Asian MediaCAMP award for hard-hitting investigative report
This September, local internet TV start-up Govori.TV was announced as winner of the Mediacamp award in the category of ‘Power and Society’ for their investigative news report on the role played by Kyrgyz officials in securing the release of a high profile mafia criminal in 2013 and organising his flight from the country under the pretext that he was seriously ill.
This September, local internet TV start-up Govori.TV was announced as winner of the Mediacamp award in the category of ‘Power and Society’ for their investigative news report on the role played by Kyrgyz officials in securing the release of a high profile mafia criminal in 2013 and organising his flight from the country under the pretext that he was seriously ill. Six years later, the man continues his criminal activities from outside the country. This event is considered one of Kyrgyzstan’s most prominent corruption scandals in recent years.
The award was presented as part of the first Central Asian MediacampFest forum, held in Bishtek, which was attended by journalists and media representatives from throughout the region.
Founded just two years ago, Govori.TV has already established itself as an important and trusted source of news for the local population in a country where most media outlets are controlled by the government or by business and oligarchic interests. With content in both Kyrgyz and Russian, up to 30,000 people now watch Govroi.TV’s reports each day.
Commenting on the prize, Orozbai kyzy Kairgul, a prominent journalist and founder of the station stated,
Our team have worked very hard to get this far. We work around the clock to make sure we get the good stories first. This prize is a huge achievement. It shows the value of our work and that we are doing something right. We work hard to make sure that our reporting is neutral and unbiased and relevant to our audience. That is how we have gained their trust. But we still need to do more.
EED funding enabled Kairgul to transform the Govori.TV news portal into the country’s first internet television in Kyrgyzstan. In a country where most people access news on their mobile phones, Govori.TV provides their audience with constantly updated written news pieces, short video news material, video content without comment, live broadcasts, extended interviews as well as longer reports, such as this winning investigative report.
Govori.TV is also involved in a project to improve skills among Kygyzstan’s journalism graduates. “Many young people don’t understand that journalism is actually a very challenging profession and our universities do not prepare them for this kind of work. As a journalist, you need to be ready to work really hard. You need to be able to be objective. And that is not always easy.” The station carries out training for budding journalists and recruits the best students for their station.
With parliamentary elections in 2020, Kairgul has big plans for Govori.TV’s future. “We need to constantly improve our content, and to make sure that it is up-to-date and relevant. We are planning to host debates prior to the election and we have a new talk show planned. We are also involved in an exciting project to profile more women leaders to show people how many intelligent women there are out there who can really contribute to our country.”