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Citizenship in Perspective: 'Free' Media in Central Asians' Lives

Eggers Hall, 341

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The Moynihan Institute’s Central Asia and the Caucasus Initiative presents a panel discussion with Ibrat Safo and Karlygash Jamankulova.

This panel talk discusses the role of traditional media and new media in the lives of people living in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The event attendants will be able to raise their knowledge and understanding about the situation of media and its place in two Central Asian countries’ social, political and cultural domains.

Specifically, the discussants will shed light on the situated meaning of free media in Central Asia, visible and invisible influences of regulated and unregulated mass media outlets, challenges and opportunities posed by the new media on the lives of Central Asians, external and internal informational threats to Central Asia’s security and stability, and narrative construction procedures in Central Asian media platforms.

Ibrat Safo has been reporting on Uzbekistan for the BBC in Uzbek, Russian and English languages for the past twenty years. He covers a wide range of topics such as corruption, torture and deaths in detention, environmental degradation, migration and many more. Ibrat Safo also films and produces documentaries involving the social, political and economic lives of people connected to Central Asia both, at present and formerly.

Karlygash Jamankulova is a political communications and human rights expert. Prior to becoming the president of the “Adil Soz,” she worked six years as the Central Asian media advisor at the U.S. Mission Kazakhstan, and seven years at the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan as the press officer. She has been closely involved in observing and promoting free and fair elections in Kazakhstan and other countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Afghanistan to conduct election process activities and long-term observations for the National Democratic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in political communication and international journalism from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


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