The FINANCIAL - Georgia: EU supports media monitoring for balanced coverage ahead of parliamentary elections

Georgia: EU supports media monitoring for balanced coverage ahead of parliamentary elections

Georgia: EU supports media monitoring for balanced coverage ahead of parliamentary elections

The FINANCIAL -- A new round of media monitoring ahead of the 8 October parliamentary elections in Georgia was launched by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) last week.

Forty-six national and local media outlets – television stations, radio, print and online media, will be scrutinised for impartiality and balance of reporting in the election period, the EU Delegation to Georgia said in a press release. The monitoring will be carried out by a team of Georgian non-governmental organizations, including the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews Georgia, and the Civic Development Institute, according to EU Neighbourhood Info.

“With parliamentary elections ahead, we once again underline the crucial importance of free media and reporting of a high quality,” said the Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador Janos Herman. “We are proud to support credible, professional media monitoring which will allow open dialogue about the media and contribute to free and fair elections in Georgia,” he added.

According to the EU Delegation, the election media monitoring will be implemented from May to November 2016.  All reports will be available online. 

 

Author: The FINANCIAL

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