Experts discussed the possibility of creating a common media platform at the Central Asian Forum

21 December 2022

On December 20-21, Astana hosts the first Central Asian Media Forum. The organizer of the event is the Ministry of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan. One of the central topics is the creation of a single media space of the countries of Central Asia.

“In the current era of rapidly developing mass communications, the exchange of experience in the field of media and the development of cultural and humanitarian cooperation in the region are extremely important. The forum is a unique platform for joint discussion of professional opinions of specialists. The comprehensive integration of the states of the Central Asian region is based on the rich history and common spiritual heritage of the fraternal peoples,” President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev greeted the guests and participants at the opening of the event.

The program of the forum is aimed at discussing such issues as the creation of a common information space for the countries of the region, the media transformation of analytics, the fundamental role of the media in the formation of a sustainable society. There are also sections dedicated to children’s television content, media education and media literacy.

Within two days, experts will not only discuss topical issues of media development, but also share their observations with the best practices in this area.

“For the first time in the region, the issues of measuring regional identity, the development of new media, artificial intelligence technology in the industry, the future of creative industries in Central Asia, the possibilities of regional and global cooperation to ensure information security, fake news in the post-truth era, media literacy and the role of women in the media,” the forum’s program notes.

The event brings together world award winners, politicians, journalists, academics, experts on global issues of contemporary development, leaders of international organizations and authoritative media experts, such as Liu Heng Shing, Pulitzer Prize winner, photographer, former Associated Press photojournalist; Kurshad Zorlu, political scientist, columnist for the Habertürk newspaper; Ekaterina Abramova, Deputy Chairman of the Mir TV and Radio Broadcasting Company and Moldiyar Yergebekov, media expert, PhD, researcher on the manifestation of gender stereotypes in media and cinema, author of a number of projects on the role of women in society.

The headliners of the Forum are Hollywood actor and legendary boxer Roy Jones, four-time New York Times best-selling author, Liz Welsh, author of the book of the same name about the Kazakh golden eagle Eagle Huntress, and the popular dBillions project (more than 18 billion views).

Photo source: photo bank of the Central Asian Media Forum