In collaboration with the Kyrgyz Government, Internews has set-up a multi-language media production studio called “Yntymak” (roughly, “harmony”) in Osh (the epicenter of the 2010 interethnic conflict between the local Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic communities). The station trains and employs local journalists of all ethnicities to work side-by-side producing objective radio and TV content in Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Russian.
Because so many media professionals fled the country in the wake of the conflict, up-and-coming journalists have few role models to turn to for guidance. Internews is training Yntymak’s staff of approximately 15 young journalists in the basics of objective coverage, reporting for peace, broadcast and multimedia production skills, and journalistic ethics.
Currently, Yntymak is the only media outlet in southern Kyrgyzstan offering Uzbek-language radio content. Its programs have been streaming online at Yntymak.kg since April and are broadcasting live over Yntymak’s own radio frequency (106.1 FM) since Aug. 29.
In November 2012 the transmitter was purchased on a grant from Soros Foundation, which allowed Yntymak to launch its first official TV broadcast on December 20, 2012. So far, the footprint covers Osh city and its surrounding areas.
This project also supports the dubbing of Nau TV Kyrgyz-language programming into Uzbek for broadcast via the satellite, and on Yntymak TV.