The final reports of media monitoring, released at a press conference on 16 December, acknowledged the progress made by the Georgian media in recent years, and highlighted challenges on the way to quality reporting and professional and ethical media culture.
"Media freedom and pluralism are fundamental values in our cooperation with Georgia. I am pleased that positive trends were observed, pointing to more balanced and diverse reporting in media during the election period. This positive dynamic contributes to further strengthening of democracy in Georgia," said Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.
The EU-UNDP media monitoring examined media performance during the 2016 Parliamentary elections in Georgia covering forty-seven national and local media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media. The monitoring has been carried out from May through November 2016 by the three Georgian civil society organizations – Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews – Georgia, and Civic Development Institute (CDI). Throughout the entire monitoring process, media monitors were receiving professional support from the Slovak media monitoring organization Memo’98.
“Findings of the election media monitoring have been informed by the tremendous job of collecting and analysing up to 300 thousand media monitoring cases, undertaken by our partner civil society organizations. The EU-UNDP media monitoring has become an essential part of election cycles in Georgia equally useful and beneficial for the media and public,” said Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia.
Media monitoring reports are available online at: www.mediamonitor.ge