Media Monitoring of the 2018 Presidential Elections in Georgia

Media research at a time of elections

Photo: Mariam Janashia/UNDP

Background

The European Union and 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 five major elections in Georgia in 2010 – 2017.

Activities

The current project focuses on media monitoring of the presidential polls in Georgia in October 2018. The European Union and UNDP are working with a team of 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 thirty-eight national media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media. The media monitoring reports and methodology are available at: www.mediamonitor.ge

Results in 2010-2017

Media Monitoring

  • Professional media monitoring during the six major elections in Georgia in 2010 – 2016: Local Self-Government elections (2010); Parliamentary polls (2012); Presidential elections (2013); Local Self-Government elections (2014); Parliamentary polls (2016); and Local Self-Government Elections (2017).
  • 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).

Funded by the European Union

Contact Information

Project address

15a Paliashvili Street 
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact persons

Ana Dabrundashvili
Project Manager
ana.dabrundashvili@undp.org

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

 

Status:

Completed

Project start date:

January 2018

Estimated end date:

January 2019

Project office:

UNDP in Georgia

Implementing partner:

United Nations Development Programme

Full project information  

Funding Support by

Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • European Commission
  • Amount contributed

    $278,004

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $1,875

    2018 $268,524

    2017 $0

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