The OSCE teaches Turkmen officials and the media to inform the population about emergencies. Usually departments and journalists are silent about them.

On July 4-5, the OSCE Center in Ashgabat conducted an online course on interaction between state institutions and the media in informing the public about security issues during emergencies, the organization's website reports .

The event was attended by employees of the Ministry of Health, border, customs and migration services, the Main Directorate of Civil Defense and Rescue Works of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor and journalists.

International experts from Kazakhstan and Lithuania highlighted the principles of interaction between organizations and the media, the importance and specifics of crisis communication, as well as the forms and methods of presenting information to the media. The experts shared their countries' experiences in informing the public during emergencies and discussed ways to raise public awareness.

“Government agencies and the media play a key role in keeping the public informed during emergencies. This event was organized as part of the Center's support to increase the professional potential of journalists and communications specialists to work in modern conditions,” said John MacGregor , head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat .

It should be noted that the authorities of Turkmenistan, as well as the state media, are silent about the emergency situations taking place in the country. For example, this was the case during the destructive organ that occurred on April 27, 2020 , which hit the Lebap velayat and led to human casualties, or the dust storm that rose in Ashgabat in May - as a result of which slate was torn off the roofs of houses and electricity was cut off in some areas.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan