Historical calendar of Press Institute

17th of November, 1993

On 17th of November 1993 The Mongolian Government made a decree for implementing the Free Press project financed by a grant from the Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA).

16th of December, 1993

The Standing committee for implementing the Free Press project was established by the Mongolian Government with Mr. N. Enkhbayar (Minister of Culture) as head and Ts.Dashdondov (President of IDJUM), S.Tserendorj (the President of the UMJ), J.Ringgaard (Danish School of Journalism, Head of International Relations), P.Narangua (Head of the foreign and communication department at Mongolian Trade and Agricultural Ministry) and T.Baavai (Ministry of Infrastructure) as members.

January 1994

Construction work of the building for the Press Institute and the printing house started by Construction Army #012 and based on the architecture design by   U.Ganbold.

1st May, 1994

The first director of the Press Institute, Ts. Enkhbat was appointed by the decision of the Standing Committee.

1st of August, 1994

The Press Institute launched its activities renting an office room in the building of the Mongolian Writers’ Committee.

13th March, 1995

The Standing committee for implementing the Free Press project held a meeting to approve the charter of the Press Institute.

6th April, 1995

The building for the Press Institute and Printing house was commissioned to the State Committee.

1st July, 1995

G.Badamhand was hired as the first permanent employee at the Press Institute as a secretary.

28th August, 2010

The Press Institute was registered at the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs and received No 551 certificate.

28th September, 1995

The Press Institute’s building was officially received by project coordinator J.Ringgaard and Kim Minke, the director of the Danish School of Journalism.

The Press Institute and Printing house moved into their premises.

November, 1995

The Press Institute of Mongolia, the Mongolian Independent Democratic Journalists Union and Mongolian Journalists Union jointly launched the professional magazine ‘Journalist’.

29th January, 1996

The Press Institute organized its first training on “Election campaign and the media” with Ford Burckhardt from the Arizona University. The training event was supported by the Asia Foundation, USA.

March, 1996

The Press Institute launched regular computer courses.

10-13th April, 1996

The first regional training for local journalists was organized in Selenge province.

25th December, 1996

The Press Institute established the first independent Conference hall in Mongolia to disseminate information about key social, economic and political issues and breaking news to journalists. N.Bagabandi, the then President of Mongolia hosted the first press conference.

25 September, 1996

With the assistance of the UNDP the Internet center was established to ensure a two-way information flow between news organizations in urban and rural areas of Mongolia

1st November, 1996

The first Diploma course in Journalism was launched with 18 students. The Diploma course was supported by the Mongolian Open Society Forum. Lars Moller and Flaming Seierson from the Danish School of Journalism worked as first journalism trainers together with D.Narantuya, the reporter of “Mongoliin Elch” newspaper, A.Oyungerel, journalism trainer at the PIM.

13th December, 1996

The opening ceremony was held for the Internet center and the library of PIM.

February, 1997

The first competition on best journalistic writing was organized. “Sukhbaatariin sonin” of Sukhbaatar aimag and  program “Eight eleven” of the Mongolian National Radio were awarded as “The best media outlet of the year”, and N.Tamir, the director of “New Time” studio, D.Gantuya, head the current affairs news department of the  “Ardiin Erkh” newspaper received the first honor of “The best journalist of the Year”.

May, 1997

The UNDP funded “Democracy and Journalism” project was launched.

19th October, 1997

Regional centers of the Press Institute in Khovd, Zavkhan, Uvurkhangai, Darkhan-Uul, Khentii and Dundgobi aimags were established with the assistance of the UNDP.

November, 1998

Research and Information department was established within the frame of the UNDP project Democracy and Journalism and launched its services to provide journalists with access to books, newspapers, press clipping etc.

23rd November, 1998

In view of Free Press project termination a renewed charter of the Press Institute was approved by the Board of Directors.

4th February, 1999

Upon Free Press project termination Press Institute was re-organized and legally registered as an NGO.  The first General Assembly of Media Representatives was organized with ca.  80 media representative. The Assembly elected the first Board of the Press Institute with: B.Purevdash (Today), S.Bayarmunkh (Seruuleg), Ts.Bayaraa (One day of Mongolia), D.Jargal (MNTV), Ts.Battogtokh (TGB Darkhan), P. Bayarsaikhan (Mongolian Radio), S.Amarsanaa (MONTSAME), Ts.Batorshikh, Ts.Dashdondov and R.Oyuntsetseg (PIM), Ch.Bazar (PIM)

25th August, 1999

The Mongolian Government decided to transfer the project property to the Press Institute and Free Press Foundation.

2nd September, 1999

The Press Institute received and installed equipment and facilities for the Radio &TV studio with the financial assistance of UNESCO.

September, 1999

The Press Institute launched the Monitoring Mongolian Media project financed by the Danish International Development Agency. The project for the first time since 1990 started collecting basic statistical data about Mongolian Media.

December 30, 1999

The State Property Committee, in accordance with the decree No. 1383  transferred the premises and property of the Free Press project to the Press Institute and the Free Press Foundation.

September, 2000

The Research and Information department of the Press Institute was expanded to start with regular research projects on media development in Mongolia.

29th March, 2002

The second General Assembly of Media Representatives was held to elect new board members. The new Board of the Press Institute consisted of following members: B.Purevdash(Chair person, Director of Mongolian Radio), Ts.Dashdondov (Associated Union of Mongolian Journalists), D.Tsendjav (Associated Union of Mongolian Journalists), S.Batbaatar (Today newspaper), S.Sharavdorj (Local newspaper Current news), D.Jargal (MNTV), and U.Ragchaasuren (RGB Darkhan), U.Munkh (Mongolian Radio), T.Galdan (MONTSAME), D.Batjargal (PIM), R.Oyuntsetseg (PIM)

July, 2002

The PIM started implementing the long term strategic plan for institutional development.

August, 2002

In view of establishing a new BA program in Journalism the Press Institute’s training staff visited the University of Missouri in the USA and the Danish School of Journalism to learn from their experiences and develop a new BA program curricula. The trip was sponsored by the Open Society Institute/SOROS foundation and DANIDA/Danish School of Journalism.

August, 2003

The Media Program of the Open Society Institute supported the implementation of the long term strategy plan of the Press Institute to enhance its training and research capacities.

September, 2003

The PIM launched for the first time in Mongolia systematic audience research with support of broadcaster and business organizations.  The Open Society Institute supported the project in its initial stage.

1st September, 2004

The BA program in Journalism was launched with 20 students.

December, 2004

Within the frame of a project “Developing Photo Journalism Education in Mongolia” funded by UNESCO training resources for conducting photo journalism training were established including a curricula, course handbook and equipment.

February, 2005

The third General Assembly of Media representatives was held and the Board of the Press Institute was elected anew with the following members:     Ts.Enkhbat (Chairperson, TV9 Director), Ts.Dashdondov (Associated Union of Mongolian Journalists), B.Purevdash, D.Tsendjav (Associated Union of Mongolian Journalists),N.Dariimaa (PIM), Ya Badamsuren (Editor of the Khongorzul newspaper), U.Narangerel (MNTV), U.Ragchaasuren (RGB Darkhan), T.Galdan (MONTSAME), D.Batjargal (PIM), Sh.Sukhbaatar (Deputy editor of the Daily News).

October, 2005

A 2000 km auto rally “Bathuleg-journalist’ was organized within the frame of the 10th anniversary events of the PIM between Ulaanbaatar – Dalanzadgad-Khanbogd.

December, 2005

The “Mungun Ugalz”, a New Year event for journalists was organized for the first time.

February, 2006

To mark its 10th anniversary the PIM organized the “Unquenchable” concert by music and songs written by journalists. 

April, 2006

The project on “Digitizing Rare Periodical Newspapers in Mongolia” was launched with the assistance of the British Library and the Lisbet Rausing Foundation.

September, 2007

The School of Journalism has beeninstitutionally separated from the Press Institute in accordance with the Education Law of Mongolia.

April, 2008

The forth General Assembly of Media Representatives was held and a new Board of the Press Institute was elected with: B.Purevdash (Chairman, Mongolian National Radio), G.Zoljargal (MNB), B.Bayarsaikhan (Eagle TV), U.Khurelbaatar (Mongolian journalists union), G.Enkhbaatar (Citizen Journalist’s committee), D.Otgonbayar (Zuunii medee), S.Batzaya (Nairamdaliin Darkhan), Ts.Sukhbaatar (MNB), U.Bulgan (UB Radio), G.Gunjidmaa (PIM), N.Tungalag (PIM)

June, 2008

The Press Institute upgraded its training capacities by organizing a 4 week train-the-trainer course in cooperation with the Deutsche Welle Academy, Germany and the Asian Institute for Broadcasting Development.

April, 2008

A Child-Rights Journalism Club was established within the frame of a long term program to enhance professional qualifications of journalists specializing on child rights issues. The training and information events organized for club members were supported by UNICEF, ILO, World Vision – Mongolia, Save the Children   Fund UK and the State Agency for Children.

August, 2008

Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark paid a visit to the Press Institute of Mongolia, met with journalists and Board members and was introduced to the outcomes of the Free Press project.

December, 2008

The President of Mongolia, Mr. N. Enkhbayar, organized a meeting of ‘The President & 100 Journalists’ to mark the Press Institute’s 5000th press conference. 

February, 2009

The Press Institute started cooperation with the EPRC/USAID to support transparency and public communication operations of public agencies and enhance media coverage on economic issues.

June, 2009

The Green Planet Club of environmental journalists was established to support journalists in improving coverage on environmental issues. Training events, site visits, discussions and other activities were organized for environmental journalists with the assistance of the Ministry for Nature and Environment UNDP, WWF, FAO, SDC and other organizations.

July, 2009

A memorandum of understanding on ‘Ensuring protection of child rights by the media’ was signed by the PIM, State Agency for Children and 17 media organizations.  The signing was witnessed by representatives from Mongolian National Public TV, TV9, TM, NTV, Mongol TV, Education TV channels, Udriin Sonin, Unuudur, Zuunii Medee, Unen, Niislel times, Niigmiin toil newspapers, Mongolian National Public Radio, FM107.5, and FM 104.5.

August, 2009

An online workshop was organized on ‘Objectivity of news and problematic issues’ in cooperation with the World Bank and University of Sydney.

September, 2009

Capacities of the regional centers of the Press Institute were upgraded with the assistance of the German organization MISEREOR and the Mongolian-German -Bridge NGO.

April, 2010

A long term program to enhance the quality of economic reporting was launched jointly with the Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, OSF, IFC, IMF, EPRC/USAID, Institute for Finance and Economics and the Young Economist Club.

April, 2010

With support of the Media Program of the Open Society Institute the project on “Developing Media Criticism Capacity” was launched. Prof Poul Erik Nielsen from the Aarhus University, Denmark and Brankica Petkovic, the director of the Piece Institute in Slovenia worked as project advisors.

December, 2010

The Press Institute and the Associated Union of the Mongolian Journalists have signed a long term cooperation contract.

December, 2010

Mungun Ugalz, the New Year event for media was organized for the third time.

January,  2011

A series of media events were organized to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the  Press Istitute including the discussion event on “What can we do to support quality journalism”, the round table meeting “Inherited Journalists”,  the thanksgiving lunch to honor all former and current board members of the Press Institute and the New Year Party for journalists Mungun Ugalz.

February, 2011

The official celebration event of the 15th anniversary of the Press Institute was organized with participation of 300 guests including representatives of the Mongolian Government and Parliament, International development organizations, foreign embassies, media executives, journalists, Press Institute’s graduates, media educators and civil society activists.

September 2011

Within the frame of the project “Developing Media Criticism Capacity in Mongolia” funded by the Open Society Institute 5 researchers of the Press Institute visited Mirovni Institute, Slovenia to learn from their experienced. The study tour was financed by the East-East Program of the Open Society Forum.

December 9, 2011

The fifth General Assembly of media representatives was organized involving about  80 representatives of mainstream media. Activities conducted by the Press Institute in 2008-2011 were reported to the Assembly and a new Board was elected consisting of following 13 persons: Kh.Chilaajav, (Chairperson), T.Baasansuren  (Erdem-Oyu University, Dean of Journalism Faculty) , U.Bulgan (Director, Ulaanbaatar Radio) J.Altangerel (President, Parliamentary Journalists Union), Ts. Lkhagvadash (director, 2nd Channel of the Mongolian public broadcaster) , U.Khurelbaatar (Director, Tugeemel University), D.Otgonbayar (Editor in-chef, Zuunii medee)  G.Enkhbaatar  (Citizen Journalism Union), B.Temuulen (Director, News Group) Ch.Batsengel (Head of Programming department, MNB), Ch.Dvaabayar (ЕTV, Chairman of the Board), G.Gunjidmaa (Head of research department, Press Institute), Ts. Chimiddondog (Head of Management department)

April 7, 2012

The first conference of media executives was organized on the topic “Business Environment for  Healthy Journalism”

August 2012

A long term project (2012-2015) to improve economics and business reporting through strengthening  the Economics Journalism Club activities was launched in collaboration with the Business Plus Initiative Project/USAID.

October 2013

The second Media Executives Conference was successfully organized on the topic „Legal environment for independent journalism“

April 2014

The three-month Public Communications Course was launched.

June 2014

The long tem project  (2014-2017) with the aim to build investigative journalism training capacities at the Press Institute was launched in co-operation with Deutsche Welle Akademie.

January 2015

The first ever media self-regulatory body, the Media Council of Mongolia, was established with active support and participation of the Press Institute. The Founding Assembly,organized with participation of representatives from the media sector including print, broadcast and online media, elected the first board and complaint commissions with 15 and 30 members respectively.

April 2015

The Press Institute joined the Global Investigative Journalism Network,an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism.

September 18, 2015

The Board members and staff of the Press Institute organized a joint meeting to discuss the future activities and development strategies of the organization.

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