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Capacity building workshop on safety of journalists in Central Asian Republics

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US$19 000.00

The Central Asian Republics have witnessed a deterioration of freedom of expression in recent years and journalists are paying the price with threats to their safety. Few effective trainings concerning safety are available to journalists working in broadcasting organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. This project aims to fulfil the need for training in order to create awareness about international standards regarding the safety of journalists among journalists themselves as well as among key stakeholders and institutions, so as to promote freedom of expression and media pluralism in these countries.

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Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development
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AIBD is a regional inter-governmental entity servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development. The Institute currently enjoys a membership of 26 countries, 80 affiliates and 46 partners in Asia, Pacific, Europe and North America. Established as a UNESCO project in 1977, AIBD is mandated to implement training related to sustainable development through electronic and new media as required by its members. Therefore the institute will be responsible for all planning, coordination and implementation of the project.

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P O Box 1137, No 16 , Lorong Maroof , 59100 Kuala Lumpur

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2282 1046

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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Mr Sergey Karpov, NPO, Communication & Information, UNESCO Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Mr Yang Binyuan, Director Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

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Ten multi-skilled journalists from traditional and new media (radio, television, print, bloggers) from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were trained to: increase awareness and understanding of security problems; impart skills in analyzing and reducing occupational risks; learn to write plans and safety analyses, taking into account measures to minimize the risks, safety of information and its sources, as well as notification procedures; improved skills in the safe operation of the network; higher understanding of legal security; improving skills with the sources of information; finding and discussing new ideas for future materials. From 13 to 15 October 2014, AIBD organized an IPDC/UNESCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building for Safety of Journalists in Central Asian Republics in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The workshops focused on acquiring knowledge and applying the key concepts of risk analysis to establish safety indicators, with simple procedures published online before reporting from hostile venues, establishing and operationalising safety indicators in the participating countries in the Central Asian Republics.