Within the framework of 9th edition of "Fostering Independent Publishing in Central Asia” financed by National Endowment for Democracy, The Polish – Czech – Slovak Solidarity Foundation organized from 4.07 to 15.07 2005 first (of four) computer course for journalists and members of non-government organizations from countries of Central Asia. Participants represented two newspapers: “Novoye pokoleniye” from Almata (Kazahstan), “Uzbekista ovozi” from Tashkient (Uzbekistan); and non-government organization “Republican Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law” from Dushanbe (Tajikistan).
The project aim at desk-top publishing course. Members of program “First computer course for organizations in Central Asia” had classes in the morning. After classes they had meeting with people conected with media, human rights and NGO’s in Poland.
Our guests had meeting with Ms. Danuta Przywara from Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Mr. Andrzej Zoll - Ombudsman for Civil Rights Protection and Mr. Marek Nowakowski – chairman of Foreign Affairs Department. They participated in lectures: “Media in Poland” by Ms. Izabela Kraj – journalist of daily newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”; “Freedom of media in Poland” by Mr. Marek Sarjusz–Wolski – journalist and "Polish perspective on Central Asia" by prof. Stanis³aw Zapa¶nik.
Our guests took part in preparing and recording “Informacje” in TV Polsat.
All three organizations received computer equipment from our Foundation, which will be necessary in continued their work.