Press Release:


IWPR Launches New Radio Programmes for Central Asia 




IWPR has launched a new series of radio programmes for Central Asia aimed at 
bringing the discussion of important political and social issues to as large an 
audience as possible.


Starting simultaneously in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan this week, the first of 
the 15-minute long programmes contain analysis and features on subjects as 
diverse as electricity cuts, divorce, and Islamic education. 


The idea behind the project is to complement IWPR's existing online/press 
output, which is widely republished in the Central Asian region, with a fresh 
approach to serious issues through the variety offered by live voices.

"We're going to paint radio pictures using sound, allowing listeners to fill in 
the visual imagery using the mind's eye," says Kyrgyz editor Kaarmanbek Kuluev. 

The weekly programmes for Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are separate products 
tailored for those particular audiences, and are developed locally by two 
highly skilled broadcast journalists - Zebo Tajibaeva in Dushanbe and 
Kaarmanbek Kuluev in Bishkek. 


To ensure that people in rural areas tune in, there are Kyrgyz- and 
Tajik-language versions of the programmes as well as Russian, which is most 
commonly spoken in the towns.


The programmes are available on the IWPR website at <> , and are 
being aired by major broadcasters with nationwide reach in each country - 
Channel 1 of the National Radio and Television Corporation of Kyrgyzstan 
(NTRK), by the Radio and Television Association of Kyrgyzstan, and also by 
stations in Tajikistan.


The radio series is being produced under a three-year programme kindly funded 
by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


About IWPR


The mission of the worldwide IWPR network is to build peace and democracy 
through free and fair media. IWPR assists early democracies and societies in 
transition by developing journalistic skills and professionalism, providing 
reliable reporting, establishing sustainable networks and institutions, and 
encouraging dialogue and debate. 


For more information, please contact: 


Kaarmanbek Kuluev (Bishkek)

Tel: +996 555 819444 



Zebo Tajibaeva (Dushanbe)  

Tel: +992 37 224 70 51, 224 20 76 



John MacLeod (London) 

Tel: +44 (0)207 269 9586 


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