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World press freedom day: Round table on journalism at Turan university

World press freedom day: Round table on journalism at Turan university

On the 28th of April Turan University in cooperation with UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office organized a round table and training on journalism and press freedom for students from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The theme of the World Press Freedom Day 2017 is Critical Minds for Critical Times. Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies discussed during the meeting.

Ms Krista Pikkat, newly appointed Director of the UNESCO Almaty Office, opened the workshop.

The parties discussed one of the key components of sustainable development of society that is SDG 16, which focuses on equal access to justice, striving for peaceful coexistence and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by various efficient institutions. The media in this case should play an explanatory role and promote a dialogue between the authorities and society.

It was also about the problems of the modern press, when commercial interests and social benefits can dictate the rules to the owners of the media. And journalists experiencing financial difficulties may deviate from their high professional standards.

The task of higher education institutions in such situation is to explain to future journalists that the most people are waiting for verifiable and well-analyzed information. And if the media is able to do it, it will lead to prosperity and as a result our societies will be getting just, peaceful and inclusive.

The discussion was attended by Vlastimil Samek, representative of the UN Department of Public Information in Kazakhstan; Irina Pereverzeva, Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Almaty and other high guests.

The University “Turan” was represented by Svetlana Islamgulova, Vice-rector for Strategic Development, Science and Innovation; Gulnaz Alaeva, Dean of the Humanities and Law Faculty, Anna Buzelo, Head of the Department “Journalism and Translation studies”, Professors, teachers and Students of the Turan University, KazNU, ENU and SDU.

The moderator of the roundtable was Tatyana Zatonskaya, a journalism teacher and editor-in-chief of the <СТУДиЯ> magazine.

It should be noted that the events dedicated to World Press Freedom Day are held all over the world these days. In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, a conference is held from 1 to 4 May.

Organizers and Partners of round table in Almaty:
National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO; Turan University; Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Almaty; United Nations Department of Public Information in the Republic of Kazakhstan; UN Women Kazakhstan Multi-Country Office in Almaty; Al-Farabi Kazakh National University; Suleiman Demirel University; Lev Gumilyov University; International IT University; Internews Network Kazakhstan; Kazakh University of International Relations & World Languages; Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University; Narxoz University.

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