The United States provided financial assistance to 13 public organizations in Tajikistan to fight extremism and terrorism, prevent domestic violence, and provide training to young journalists.
This was reported by the US Commission for the Development of Democracy on November 8.
Manuel Micaller, the US ambassador to Tajikistan, said at a ceremony on November 8 that the aid is aimed at the development of democracy.
“Since 2000, the program of the US Commission for the Development of Democracy in Tajikistan has allocated more than 475 grants in the amount of eight million dollars. “Hundreds of people receive direct training and assistance every year through these grants,” he said.
Manuel Micaller added that these projects will help women learn new job skills, bloggers to become professional journalists, and communities to fight against extremism and violence.
The public organization “New Generation of Tajikistan” has received more than 24,000 US dollars for the project of strengthening “the capacity of independent bloggers and amateur journalists”.
“Media-Alliance of Tajikistan”, a journalistic organization, received a grant of about 45 thousand US dollars for the project “Development of knowledge and skills of young journalists and bloggers in safe coverage of sensitive topics throughout the country”.
Thus, the non-governmental organization “Ravobit” from the Sughd region donated 24 thousand US dollars for the implementation of the program “Improving the quality of journalism in the remote towns and villages of the region through trainings for women journalists and citizen journalists on skills related to social networks, creating visual content and promoting their materials.” ” found.
The US Commission for the Development of Democracy is paying attention to the training of bloggers and reporters of the official media, while eight bloggers and reporters have been arrested in Tajikistan in the last year and sent to prison for a long time on various charges.
At the special ceremony of the grants of the Commission for the Development of American Democracy in Tajikistan, no word was said about the fate of imprisoned Tajik bloggers and journalists.
Source : Радио Озоди