GEORGIA Strengthening Media freedom, Internet governance and Personal data protection in Georgia
“Strengthening Media freedom, Internet governance and Personal data protection in Georgia” project
The Council of Europe Project “Strengthening Media freedom, Internet governance and Personal data protection in Georgia” was launched on 1 February 2021 and will be implemented during 24 months. The Project is funded by the voluntarily contributions of donors in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Georgia 2020-2023. The Project’s total budget is EUR 481.000.
Project is a follow-up to the Council of Europe Project “Supporting Freedom of Media and Internet in Georgia”, implemented in 2019-2021, and built upon its achievements. Through the above-mentioned Project, the Council of Europe supported the media regulatory authority to adopt the by-law regulating child protection from harmful content in the online media; enhanced the capacity of the media self-regulatory body to promote ethical journalism and supported the Georgian authorities to adopt the new data protection legislation in line with international standards while supporting respective stakeholders in their efforts to ratify the modernized Convention 108+ for the protection of individuals with regard to processing of personal data.
The “Strengthening Media freedom, Internet Governance and Personal Data Protection in Georgia” Project will follow-up on the results achieved by the previous project as well as respond to new needs/initiatives in the field of media, internet and personal data protection. The project will also support improvement of the law/practice in the field of access to public information in line with the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Public Documents (Tromsø Convention), which has entered into the force in December 2020.
The proposed activities are structured around three components focusing on:
- (1) enhancement of the law and policy in the field of Freedom of Expression and Internet Governance;
- (2) Improvement of the professionalism, diversity and safety of journalists;
better alignment of personal data protection law and practice with relevant CoE standards.
The proposed actions are built around the priorities highlighted in the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023 in the field of Information Society.
The key partners of the Project are the Communications Commission, State Inspector’s Service, Charter of Journalistic Ethics of Georgia, Public Defender’s Office, National Universities, civil society organisations working in the field of media, internet and personal data protection.