DW Akademie in Europe and Central Asia

Political and economic pressure on the media is still common to regions in Europe and Central Asia, even more than two decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The increasing constraints on media freedom in countries like Azerbaijan, Belarus or Tajikistan stand in sharp contrast to a few bright spots such as Georgia, Moldova or Kyrgyzstan.

DW Akademie is responding with tailor-made projects here as well: in Southeast Europe, it encourages closer ties with the European Union, for example via a public-media competence center in the Western Balkans.

In Central Asia, the focus is on strengthening community journalism to increase ordinary people's access to information. In the South Caucasus, the attention is on media law. In the conflict in Ukraine, media professionals are set to receive further training via distance learning.

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

Lunch is served!

In the border region between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan there is much to discuss. Journalists and members of civil society met at a long table.

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

Plov unites

The rice dish plov is part of the region's shared food culture – and thus, a good symbol for cultural similarities in the border region.

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

Eating together and discussing common topics

A cross-border network of journalists supported by the DW Akademie has been working together since 2015.

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

DW Akademie supports the network

Lydia Rahnert (left), Country Manager of DW Akademie for Kyrgyzstan, attends the plov get-together. Cooking together is a way for journalists to get in touch with the people in the region.

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

The goal is to achieve conflict-sensitive reporting

The situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border has been tense for years. About 500 km of the 970-kilometer border are disputed. This is where clashes between citizens or border guards of both countries erupt time and again. The network of journalists strives to help the rural population obtain balanced information despite this difficult situation.

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

Topics are on the table, not under the carpet!

By cooking and eating with citizens in the region, media makers get a chance to get to know their audience better. What issues are they discussing? What questions do they have?

Plov and DW Akademie unite Kyrgyz and Tajik journalists in the border region

Interest from other neighbors

This time, journalists from both countries and members of civil society met near Batken, Kyrgyzstan. For the first time, there were also two reporters from Andijan, Uzbekistan. The country also shares a border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Michael Karhausen, Head of Asia and Europe, DW Akademie, Foto: DW Akademie/Charlotte Hauswedell

Michael Karhausen
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Team Europe/Central Asia

DW Akademie's Europe/Central Asia Team

Team Europe/Central Asia

Michael Karhausen

Head, Asia and Europe

Team Europe/Central Asia

Lydia Rahnert

comm. Coordinator, Europe and Central Asia

Team Europe/Central Asia

Kyryl Savin

Country Coordinator, Ukraine

Team Europe/Central Asia

Sopiko Sitchinawa

Country Coordinator, Georgia

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