Georgia: Media self-regulation through political and legal education

The media in Georgia are thriving. But a lot of journalists lack the individual capacities, the time and resources to undertake serious investigations and fulfil professional reporting standards. This jeopardises their independence and puts the quality of their coverage into question.

Voluntary self-regulation through independent journalists’ organisations, on the contrary, and the establishment of professional reporting standards instead of media regulation by the state can be vital to promote quality journalism.

DW Akademie together with GIZ and the journalists’ association Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethic thus teamed up to improve media quality through digital and off-line instruments for media monitoring and an exchange on media ethics. Doing this, the pilot project “Media self-regulation through political and legal education” will enable journalists to know and meet the requirements of professional news coverage through an informative web portal and in-depth discussions on Dos and Don’ts of journalistic practice.

Further Readings
Exchange on media law and media ethics

Exchange on media law and media ethics

The website and the results of the media-monitoring will be supplemented by internal workshops to discuss the monitoring results, find an adequate reaction to the cases identified and determine the essentials and limits of media self-regulation. Discussing...
Media Checker, a media ethics web portal

Media Checker, a media ethics web portal

Acting on the assumption that journalists are best suited to know whether a report is in line with professional standards or not, the pilot project developed self-control mechanisms to identify and act on malpractice. As a first step towards entrenching...
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Project Overview

Project NameMedia self-regulation through political and legal education
ObjectiveMedia representatives apply self-regulation in order to meet and further develop due standards of journalistic ethics.
Target groupsGeorgian Charter of Journalistic Ethic, journalists, journalism students, media employees, public officials and other state representatives responsible for public relations and legal regulations with regard to the media
Partners“Legal Approximation towards European Standards in the South Caucasus” Programme, DW Akademie, Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethic, Transparency International Georgia, Media Law Institute
Overall termJune 14 - November 15
BudgetEUR 100,000
LinksImplementing GIZ programme Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethic Transparency International Georgia Media Law Institute


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