Ethnic, Religious and Sexual Minorities in Georgian Printed Media

Monitoring of Media Coverage

On December 21, 2011 presentation of interim reports concerning media monitoring was held at the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The topic of the media monitoring was highlighting hate speech in print media. 

The interim report was presented by Internews -Georgia, which is partner within the HBF SC project “Addressing Hate Speech in Georgia:  A Litmus Test for Human Rights and Social Tolerance”. The aim of the monitoring is study of hate speech in Georgian print media, towards ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.

The project is financed by European Commission, in the framework of European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

During the presentation media researchers George Tabagari and Diana Chachua presented the reports of media monitoring done during May-July and September-November, 2011. George Shubitidze, the project coordinator at HBF Sc, represented the main goals of the project:  Addressing hate Speech in Georgia: A Litmus Test for Human Rights and Social Tolerance. Oliver Reisner a project manager at Delegation of the European Union to Georgia had speech also in presentation.

Presentation was followed by discussion, which was moderated by Zviad Koridze head of board of Journalist ethic chertier. Representatives of NGOs, media means and public defender office actively  participated in the discussion.

For media monitoring 8 national and 3 regional newspapers were selected and the media outlets will be same during the future media monitoring.  The next report will be presented in a March 2012.

Public Debates in Tbilisi

On Wednesday, March 5, at 7:00 pm South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation organizes public debates on

Georgia and its European Future: Quo Vadis Eastern Partnership?


Marieluise Beck, Member of the German Bundestag, Fraction Union 90/The Greens,;
Alex Petriashvili, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration;
Eka Siradze, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of France.

Moderation: Tamar Gurchiani, lawyer

Simultaneous translation is provided

You are kindly invited to participate in the event!

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