August 4, 2014
Journalists prepare for Elections

The Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan has concluded the first stage of training courses aimed at improving the skills of print and electronic media journalists in the area of covering the electoral law. The courses were organized by the Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan.

The courses were attended by leading journalists of the regional offices of the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan and the National Information Agency. For six days they studied the nature and importance of the national constitutional reforms in the electoral field, mastering media techniques required for coverage elections in the media. They and also met with representatives of the country’s political parties and the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan.

An important political is going to be held in December of this year in the country: nationwide elections to the Oliy Majlis, regional, district and city councils. And the local media is an important factor in their implementation, guaranteeing the right of the citizens to get the information about the candidates as well as all the electoral process.

During the training courses, it was noted that the number of representatives of foreign and local media covering the electoral processes in the country grows. While the elections to the representative bodies of the state authorities were covered by 475 media entities in 1994, their number in 2009 grew to over 200 foreign and over 500 local governmental and non-governmental ones. In addition, the information about the stages of the campaign was broadcast through the National Television and Radio Company throughout Uzbekistan and, via a satellite, to over 100 countries.

During the courses, their participants were also told about the recently implemented measures to further liberalize and improve the electoral legislation, which is an important factor in the upcoming elections, to ensure strict compliance with the democratic requirements and applicable international standards. This was one of the results of the implementation of the provisions put forward by the head of the state in the Concept of Further Deepening Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the country. As part of its implementation, the electoral legislation was given a number of amendments aimed at better implementation of the principle of freedom of choice and at the further democratization of the electoral system.

The training courses also covered the legal framework for the development of a multiparty system, inter-party competition as a factor in increasing the participation of the electorate in the formation of the representative bodies, strengthening the role of the media in covering the policies of the political parties concerning the major issues of democratization and liberalization of the society.

“Informative lectures by renowned professors, heads of state and public institutions, meeting with deputies of the Oliy Majlis, members of factions of the political parties in the parliament have greatly expanded our knowledge of electoral issues. But most importantly – an amazing atmosphere was created in the classrooms. We exchanged thoughts, ideas, and expertise. The students were given a boost to even deeper and wider studies of the election issues in order to interestingly and compellingly cover the during the election campaign,” said the correspondent of the Bukhara Regional TV and Radio Lobar Kilicheva.

In this interactive format, six days in the non-stop format, leading journalists of the country had increased knowledge concerning electoral matters, shared their vision lighting such an important event for the country. During the classes, the students received useful information and developed their own presentations; during the brainstorming sessions they identified formulas for success for objective, well-thought and quality publications.

“The courses were great for their discussions, the possibility to express our opinions, to hear different points of view,” said Hudaiderdi Karimov, a journalist from Jizzah. “I have no doubt that they will help media workers who came from regions better prepare themselves for the coverage of the upcoming December 2014 general elections and start working closely with the electoral commissions from now on.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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