Kyrgyz non-profit to host workshop on countering extremism in media


BISHKEK -- The School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia, with support from the Democracy Commission of the US Embassy in Bishkek, has scheduled a three-day training workshop for Kyrgyz media professionals to teach them how to counter extremist propaganda, reported the school's website.

The "Countering Extremist Propaganda and Hate in Media" workshop will be held February 26-28 in Bishkek for professionals ages 35 and below.

Experienced international and local specialists will teach participants the methods and tools of covering extremism, terrorism and related issues, according to organisers.

"They will also learn how ... hate speech and its communication aspects influence the spread of radical content in the media and on the internet, understand what errors of journalists and users lead to propaganda of extremism, learn the difference between harmful and illegal content in order to prevent the consequences of transmitting extremist ideology, [and] practice the skills of journalism ethics and legal security," said a statement from the School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia.

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. All applications are due by February 16.

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