Results of first EU-supported election media monitoring released (22/07/2016)

The first media monitoring report ahead of the 8 October Parliamentary elections in Georgia was presented to the public.

Carlo Natale, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, and Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Georgia, welcomed the work of the media monitors and praised their contribution to open dialogue about the media and to free and fair elections in Georgia.

The key findings of the first six weeks of media monitoring were presented by the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews – Georgia and Civic Development Institute (CDI), which conducted the monitoring.

The election media monitoring will continue to the end of November 2016 to assess performance of forty-six national and local media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media. Next intermediate reports will be released in September and early October, prior to the election day. The final report will be published at the end of 2016.

Background:
The monitoring was launched on 20 May 2016 and continues a series of media monitoring rounds financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP since 2010. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to transparent, objective and balanced media environment during the Parliamentary and Presidential elections through support of the media monitoring campaign. The EU and UNDP support the efforts of the civil society in Georgia to perform a quantitative and qualitative monitoring of Georgian TV, Radio, Print and Online media outlets.

The full version of the report is available here: www.mediamonitor.ge

For more information about media monitoring, please contact:
• Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, +995 599 196907, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org 

• Tamar Mikadze, European Union Delegation to Georgia, +995 32 2943763, tamriko.mikadze@eeas.europa.eu