Election Media Monitoring Kicks Off (20/05/2016)

The European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launch a new round of media monitoring ahead of 8 October parliamentary elections in Georgia.

Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, and Shombi Sharp, Resident Representative a.i. of UNDP in Georgia, announced the start of a new media monitoring exercise at a press conference on 20 May 2016.

“With parliamentary elections ahead, we once again underline the crucial importance of free media and reporting of a high quality. We are proud to support credible, professional media monitoring which will allow open dialogue about the media and contribute to free and fair elections in Georgia.” Ambassador Janos Herman said.

The 2016 election media monitoring continues a series of media monitoring rounds supported by the European Union and UNDP since 2010. As in previous years, monitoring will be carried out by a team of Georgian non-governmental organizations, including: Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews – Georgia and Civic Development Institute (CDI).

Forty-six national and local media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media, will be scrutinized for impartiality and balance of reporting in an election period.

“We are privileged to work with a team of media monitors with very real commitment and professionalism. I strongly believe that media monitoring will assist Georgian journalists in performing their duties during elections and will promote open public discussion about the media and its role in a democratic society,” Shombi Sharp, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. said. 

The election media monitoring will be implemented in May – November 2016.
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