In September we will start "Enhancing Independent Media Skills in Central Asia" project. Nearly 25 journalists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan will be invited to Poland. During study visits, they will have an opportunity to visit the editorial offices of newspapers and magazines, radio and TV stations, internet portals and information agencies. They will acquaint themselves with the work and experiences of their Polish colleagues. The study visits will be tailored to the professions and specializations of the guests. Also planned are seminars and lectures on such subjects as: the transformation of the Polish media after 1989, laws regulating public and private media, investigative journalism, media ethics, journalists’ organizations, advertising and the media, the problem of competition in the media, political lobbying and independence of the media. The project will be wrapped up during seminars in Kirgizstan and Tajikistan organised to present the Polish experience in the media sphere.
The Project is co-financed by the National Endowment for Democracy and the Polish development cooperation programme 2012 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Programme “Support for Democracy”. The project partners are International Center Interbilim”, Osh Branch (Kyrgyzstan) and Media Group & Mercy (Tajikistan).
Participants will be selected by means of an open competition, with the winners chosen by the social Council of the Project, consisting of:
- Roman Imielski (the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza),
- Grzegorz Miecugow (television TVN),
- Izabela Kraj (the daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita),
- Michał Kacewicz (the weekly magazine Newsweek Poland),
- Jarosław Szostakowski (Polish–Czech–Slovak Solidarity Foundation),
- Bartosz Węglarczyk (the monthly magazine Sukces).
The Council will also evaluate implementation of the Project.
Detailed information on the project, together with application forms, can be obtained at the Foundation’s office.