Timur Toktonaliev | Institute for War and Peace Reporting


Timur Toktonaliev

Timur Toktonaliev

I joined IWPR in September 2011 as editor for Kyrgyzstan, after some years as a trainee and contributing author. I have always closely followed current affairs in Kyrgyzstan. My first involvement with journalism came by accident in 2007 when I saw a television advertisement from Kloop Media Foundation offering journalism training courses. I was accepted, and that was where I learned about the profession – how to write articles and how to follow international standards of journalism.

I heard about IWPR in October 2007, when I was invited to take part in a training course on the standards employed in the Reporting Central Asia project. This taught me a lot of techniques that I was able to make use of. The participants were invited to write stories for IWPR, but I did not take this offer up because I thought editors would not want to work with a 14-year-old. In March 2009, IWPR Kyrgyz editor Aida Kasymalieva invited me to write for IWPR after reading my Kloop news agency stories. This came just as Kyrgyzstan announced a presidential election, and I pitched my first report on changes made to the voting procedures. This and other work I did for IWPR about the election gave me a better idea of how to tackle news analysis stories, and of how much effort goes into doing them.

I enjoy the writing process itself. Although IWPR follows international standards of journalism, it also has its own style and requirements. At first I wrote the way I used to before, but in time I came to understand this style better and I was glad to adopt it. It gives me pleasure when my stories contribute to IWPR’s output, and I am happy if readers find them helpful.

To me, being a journalist has become more than just a job or a way to earn a living. To be an independent, objective journalist in Kyrgyzstan, writing the truth about life in the country, is a very important and responsible profession, one to be proud of.

Stories by the author

Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev. (Photo: Uzbek president's press service)
Timur Toktonaliev
22 Nov 17
In surprise move, previously isolated state calls for tighter regional integration.
(Photo courtesy of: kloop.kg)
Timur Toktonaliev
26 Oct 17
Tightened customs controls are leading to losses for Kyrgyz exporters.
Pro-government candidate Sooronbai Zheenbekov. (Photo: Office of S. Zheenbekov)
Timur Toktonaliev
17 Oct 17
The country’s next president looks set follow in the footsteps of the incumbent.
(Photo courtesy of N. Musaeva)
Timur Toktonaliev
13 Oct 17
Watchdog claims that outlets wilfully ignore both legal norms and informal ethical codes.
President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev. (Photo: Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)
Timur Toktonaliev
13 Oct 17
Allegations that official sources are attempting to thwart rival’s campaign.
Timur Toktonaliev
29 Sep 17
Critics argue that Muslim leader should be penalised for offering election endorsement.
President Almazbek Atambaev meets the speaker of Kyrgyzstan's parliament and leaders of the five main parties. (Photo: Kyrgyz president's press service)
Timur Toktonaliev
22 Sep 17
Legacy seen as key in contest that has already narrowed to two main contenders.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev (left) greets his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoe. (Photo: Press Service of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic)
Timur Toktonaliev
8 Sep 17
Landmark meeting indicates progress over trade and border issues.
Omurbek Tekebaev (left) and Duishonkul Chotonov in the court room. (Photo: kloop.kg)
Timur Toktonaliev
31 Aug 17
Move interpreted as attempt to silence opposition media.
Ozubek Chotonov (right), founder of Marva TV Islamic studio. (Photo: Ayan TV)
Timur Toktonaliev
19 Aug 17
A range of broadcasters are catering for a public increasingly interested in religion.