Kyrgyzstan plans to conduct joint Central Asian Media Conference in Issyk-Kul in 2022
At a meeting with OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Teresa Ribeiro on the sidelines of the 28th ministerial meeting of the OSCE in Stochold, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan proposed holding a joint Central Asian Media Conference in Issyk-Kul in 2022.
The press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported that in this context Ribeiro informed about plans to visit Kyrgyzstan by the end of this year, which will provide an excellent opportunity to continue a detailed discussion of issues on further promoting freedom of the media.
Minister Kazakbaev welcomed Ribeiro’s initiative to expand the dialogue and indicated the willingness of the Kyrgyz side to receive the OSCE representative on mass media at any time convenient for her and to demonstrate the commitment of the Kyrgyz Republic to the basic principles of freedom of speech and information.
In addition, during the meeting Ribeiro was informed about the results of the nationwide parliamentary elections held in Kyrgyzstan on Nov. 28, 2021 and the measures taken by the government of thecountry to ensure the transparency of the electoral process. He especially emphasized the role of the media in ensuring transparent and fair elections and noted the importance of providing them with access to the observation of the voting. Kazakbaev also noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accredited 50 foreign media from 6 countries, including Germany, France, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
An exchange of views took place on the format of organizing trainings and master classes for journalists from Kyrgyzstan. In particular, the Kyrgyz side proposed to consider the possibility of holding these events on the basis of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, which in turn will become a positive precedent for the development of such a practice in the future.
Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency