OSCE continues training seminars on enhancing communication between courts and media in Kazakhstan


An OSCE-supported training seminar on enhancing dialogue and co-operation between the courts and media concluded on 2 August 2019 in Shchuchinsk, Kazakhstan. Forty judges-co-ordinators, press secretaries, journalists and bloggers from the cities of Kostanay and Nur-Sultan and the Akmola, Karaganda, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan, Pavlodar regions took part in the event.

Participants gather for a group exercise on using multimedia to reach a larger audience, Borovoye

The three-day training seminar aimed to promote effective communication strategies between courts and the media, best practices in interaction with journalists and the general public through various channels and in different contexts, the role of the media in covering court proceedings, the proper framing of requests to access court acts as well as the use of conventional and social media.

An expert from Romania shared the experience of selected European countries in raising public confidence in justice systems and highlighted the international standards for communication and interaction between the judiciary and society and the media.

Participants also learned to prepare for public interviews and press conferences, handle conflict situations, interact and respond to critical materials in social media, and reviewed practical cases.

The concluding training seminar for the western regions of the country will be held in Aktau on 8 and 9 August 2019.

The seminar was organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan, the Supreme Court, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Kazakhstan, the League of Court Journalists of Kazakhstan, Internews Kazakhstan, and the American Bar Association and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The seminar was part of the OSCE Programme Office’s long-standing efforts to enhance co-operation between courts and the media in the host country.

Source: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe