The Council of Europe and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the "Rule of Law Center" organised a training on discrimination issues for media representatives in Georgia. The aim of the training was to empower media representatives in Georgia to address discrimination issues and promote inclusive reporting. The training was attended by media managers and other representatives from outlets such as Public Broadcaster, Radio Liberty, Rustavi 2, Formula, TV Pirveli, Interpress News (IPN), Mtavari Channel, TV Kavkasia, Euronews, and Imedi.
The participants engaged in discussions covering the notion of discrimination, the challenges in Georgia's fight against it, and the obligation of the domestic courts to interpret and apply the ECHR case-law in a manner that gives full effect to the freedom of expression while combating discrimination. The training focused on improving media representatives’ communication skills when addressing discrimination victims and ways to deliver the coverage on such sensitive matters.
Media representatives also engaged with the representatives of Public Defender’s Office and non-governmental organisations – the “Equality Movement,” “Social Justice Center,” “Tolerance and Diversity Center,” and “Solidarity Community”. They shared their experience of working with the minority communities, revealed the hurdles faced by minorities and underscored vital factors media should consider when reporting on issues affecting minority representatives.
This collaboration between the Council of Europe and UNDP is part of an initiative to streamline efforts of international organisations working on the similar topics in Georgia, aiming at sustainability and consistent results.
This activity was implemented in the framework of the Project “Promoting the Effective Protection of Equality and Non-Discrimination in Georgia.” The Project is funded through the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023.