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Bektour Iskender, the First TED Speaker from Kyrgyz Republic

Bektour Iskender, the First TED Speaker from Kyrgyz Republic

We all know Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) Talk with their amazing speakers, who are often globally recognized leaders in their fields. In 2009, the TED Fellows program was launched to give a voice to young thinkers.

Bektour Iskender has become the first TED speaker from Kyrgyz Republic. And Central Asia too. There are less than five TED speakers from CIS countries. Bektour is a co-founder of Kloop, one of the major news websites in the country. The video of his TED talk on the annual conference in Vancouver was released yesterday. 

One of the most amazing moments of my life.
— Bektour Iskender in his February Facebook post

Bektour's TED talk was about building a school for journalism with teenage reporters. The work of the latter includes serious investigations like one related to corrupt government contracts. The case resulted in firing a state official and saving USD 2 million of budget funds. Young journalists of Kloop also provided the best coverage of the 2010 events in Kyrgyz Republic. As Bektour mentioned in his TED talk, he thinks that Kloop is probably the most successful youth media outlet in the world. 

Finishing his talk, Bektour has also mentioned one case when two teenage reporters started filming a car of a Kyrgyz Parliament member with illegally tinted windows. And when they were approached by security guards, who wanted to stop them, they replied that they had a right to film and asked to let them finish their job. This, according to Bektour, reflects results of the hard work of teaching young journalists as well as a great example of young people who know their rights and who are ready to fight for them. As Forbes put it, Kloop’s trained journalists are sure to travel far and wide. 

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