Study and Research on Election Media Coverage for 2016 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia


Monitoring of televisions. Photo: Mariam Janashia/UNDPMonitoring of televisions. Photo: Mariam Janashia/UNDP

With funds from the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supports Georgian civil society organizations to monitor media performance during the parliamentary elections 2016. The initiative contributes to the development of media diversity and journalistic standards in Georgia, as well as to building the watchdog functions of civil society, especially at a time of elections. The initiative continues a series of the media monitoring exercises supported by the European Union and UNDP since 2010. 

What We Do

We work with a team of Georgian civil society organizations - Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews – Georgia and Civic Development Institute (CDI), to examine impartiality and balance of reporting in an election period by forty-six national and local media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media. The media monitoring reports are available online at:

Results of the media monitoring initiatives in 2010-2016

Media Monitoring

  • Professional media monitoring during the four major elections in Georgia in 2010 – 2016: Local Self-Government elections (2010); Parliamentary polls (2012); Presidential elections (2013); and Local Self-Government elections (2014); Parliamentary polls (2016)
  • Professional media monitoring in 2011 and 2012 with the main focus on reporting on social and economic issues.
  • Facilitation of public discussion about the media monitoring results through the TV talk-shows and web resources.  

Training and Media Development

  • Training in media monitoring for the leading civil society organizations in Georgia. Trainer: Slovak media monitoring organization Memo’98
  • Professional training in media standards and reporting for the journalists of the 20 regional broadcasters in Georgia. Trainers: Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Media Centar Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina).

Who finances it

European Union