GEORGIA Supporting Freedom of Media and Internet
“Supporting Freedom of Media and Internet in Georgia” project
The Council of Europe project “Supporting Freedom of Media and Internet in Georgia” is built upon achievements of two previous EU-CoE projects in Georgia “Promoting Freedom, Professionalism and Pluralism of the Media” and “Protecting Internet Freedom through Legislation and Arrangements for multi-stakeholder Dialogue” under the Partnership for Good Governance (EU-CoE) that where implemented during 2015-2017. Those two projects’ achievements included strengthening the capacities of the broadcasting regulatory authority (National Communications Commission), journalistic self-regulatory body (Charter of Journalistic Ethics), addressing challenges linked to freedom of expression on-line, establishment of multi-stakeholder dialogue with regard to the Internet and promotion of the CoE standards on the internet and human rights.
The current project “Supporting Freedom of Media and Internet in Georgia” started on 1 February 2019 and its implementation period is 24 months. The project continues to support media and internet stakeholders in Georgia and aims at:
- Supporting national authorities in bringing legal and policy framework and practice on audio-visual services and media literacy in line with the CoE and European standards;
- Further improvement of professionalism, responsibility and respect of ethical rules among journalists;
- Supporting national authorities in further development and proper implementation of Internet related legal framework and regulations;
- Strengthening the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms through the reinforcement of the protection of individuals with regard to their right to privacy and right to data protection.
- All project activities are implemented in consultation and cooperation with relevant public authorities, national and international experts, media professionals and local NGOs in the country.