Study and Research on Election Media Coverage for 2017 Local Government Elections in Georgia


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The European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are supporting professional media monitoring in Georgia as the way to promote media diversity, increase journalistic standards and build the watchdog functions of civil society, especially at a time of elections. Since the launch of the first media monitoring rounds in 2010, this initiative has contributed to the media research during the four major elections in Georgia in 2010 – 2016.

What We Do

The current project focuses on media monitoring of the Local Government Elections in Georgia in October 2017. The European Union and UNDP are working with a team of the 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 sixty national and local media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media. The media monitoring methodology and reports are available 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 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).
Success Stories

Who finances it

European Union US$ 299,857
Total US$ 299,857



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