Media and Elections

7 December 2020

Kyrgyzstan sets presidential vote for 10 January 2020. In response to the protests following the recent elections of 5 October 2020, UNESCO Almaty will organize a training on Media and Elections for journalists from public services, commercial media outlets, as well as community media centers of the Kyrgyz Republic planned on 7 December 2020.

The course will address some of the challenges ahead of elections such as disinformation, e.g. working towards a wide political spectrum commitment not to circulate fake news, or training security forces; as well as links to publications on cutting edge issues such as social media and elections.

Currently, UNESCO is looking for potential media trainers to implement the training in Russian while drawing on the latest UNESCO sources in English. Organization of experience exchange between journalists on election coverage and interactive sessions during the 2-hour online training are planned. Send your CV and training portfolio to Sergey Karpov, Communication and Information Program Specialist, UNESCO Almaty Office, by e-mail:, before PM 6 November 2020.

UNESCO resources:
  • Social media and elections, 2019 (English)
  • Safety of Journalists Covering Protests (English),(Russian)
  • Social media and elections (English), (Russian - under the translation)
  • Balancing Act: Countering Digital Disinformation While Respecting Freedom of Expression Broadband Commission research report on ‘Freedom of Expression and Addressing Disinformation on the Internet’ September 2020 (English) and Executive summary 14 pages (Russian)
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