Democratic Governance Team Leader
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.
Professional and credible media monitoring with the focus on the major TV stations, radios, printed press and online media, provided a better understanding of media development. It also encouraged providing balanced information to the public, and building watchdog functions of civil society organizations.
With funds from the European Union and in cooperation with our national and international partners, UNDP supports Georgian civil society organizations to monitor media performance, with the overall objective of raising professional standards of the media in Georgia and promoting independent and impartial reporting.
The teams of professional media monitors from the Georgian civil society organizations examined the coverage of 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). They monitored, analyzed and evaluated TV/radio news programmes, televised political debates, newspaper articles and online media reporting for objectivity, content trends and balance of coverage.
Media monitoring continued in 2011 and 2012 with the main focus on reporting on social and economic issues.
In 2010, the findings of the election media monitoring were discussed in the weekly TV shows aired by Georgian Public Broadcaster. Later, the programme launched a specific web resource, MediaMonitor.ge, to post the reports and updates of the monitoring process, and provide the customers with an online data analysis tool.
Training and Media Development
The Slovak media monitoring organization Memo’98 provided training to seven civil society organizations. Four out of them–CRRC Georgia, Internews – Georgia, Civic Development Institute, and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy were involved in the media monitoring rounds supported by the EU/UNDP programme.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust provided editorial skills training to the news editor of the Georgian Public Broadcaster. They also co-produce a TV-talk show with the Georgian Public Broadcast to bring audiences closer to the political process.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Media Centar Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) conducted professional training to journalists, producers, editors and camera people from 20 broadcasters outside of Tbilisi.
|European Union||US$ 528,251.55|
||US $ 120,499.35
|UNDP||US $ 150,457.23
|GPB||US $ 40,683.95|
|European Union||US$ 128,380.12|
|UNDP||US$ 7, 035.91|