Media Monitoring

Summary

UNDP Georgia media
Monitoring TV media outlets. July 2013. Photo: Mariam Janashia/UNDP

With funds from the European Union and in cooperation with the national and international partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported Georgian civil society organizations to monitor media performance during elections, with the overall objective of raising professional standards of the media and promoting independent and impartial reporting.

Background information

The initiative contributed 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 project was implemeted in close partnership with the Georgian civil society, media and international media monitoring and development agencies.   

Georgia’s transition towards a democratic, free and fair state was challenged by limited media independence and objectivity. This often includes a general lack of balance in news coverage and professional reporting.

Results



Media Monitoring

Professional media monitoring during the four major elections in Georgia in 2010 – 2014: Local Self-Government elections (2010); Parliamentary polls (2012); Presidential elections (2013); and Local Self-Government elections (2014). Media monitors analyzed and evaluated TV/radio news programmes, televised political debates, newspaper articles and online media reporting for objectivity, content trends and balance of coverage.

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 (CRRC GeorgiaInternews – GeorgiaCivic Development Institute, and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy). 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) 

Assistance to the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) in developing its news service. Trainer: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust.

Who finances it

European Union US$ 528,251.55
UNDP US$ 178,809.47
GPB US$  40,683.95
Total US$ 747,744.97

Delivery

2012  
European Union    
US $ 120,499.35
UNDP US $ 150,457.23
GPB US $   40,683.95
2013  
European Union
US$ 279,372.13
UNDP US$   21,316.33
2014  
European Union US$ 128,380.12
UNDP US$    7,035.91
Overview
Status:
Completed
Start date:
April 2010
End date:
August 2014
Geographic coverage:
National
Partners
Slovak NGO Memo'98. Georgian NGOs: The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), Internews Georgia, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), and the Civic Development Institute
Budget:
US$ 747,744.97
Donor:
European Union with contributions from UNDP and Georgian Public Broadcaster
Funded by the European Union
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Project Document
Related Website
mediamonitor.ge
Related Publication
Media Monitoring Reports
Contact Person in UNDP

Gigi Bregadze
Democratic Governance Team Leader
gigi.bregadze@undp.org