On March 8, 2023, Georgian media representatives suffered injuries during the rally dispersal on Rustaveli Avenue. Dozens of journalists and camerapersons were exposed to tear gas deployed by the riot police to halt a protest. Disturbingly, there was a case where a gas grenade exploded at the journalist’s feet. While covering protests, the media representatives faced an assault and obstruction of professional activities by law enforcement officers, despite their knowledge about the professional duty of the journalists.

Law enforcement agencies abused and obstructed the following media representatives from their journalistic activities:

• Netgazeti’s journalist, Mikheil Gvadzabia, was physically assaulted by a special forces officer who kicked and knocked the phone out of his hand after the journalist told him he was a member of the press.

• The special forces, by using force, obstructed Publika’s reporters, Aleksandre Keshelashvili and Basti Mgaloblishvili, from their journalistic activities.

• The law enforcement officers attacked Formula TV’s journalist, Tea Tetradze, and cameraman Nika Kokaia, interfering with their professional activities.

• They physically assaulted Formula TV’s journalist and cameraman, Giorgi Kvizhinadze and Davit Mania.

• Mediachecker’s editor, Giorgi Gogua, was also physically assaulted by law enforcement officers. The violence stopped after he explained that he was a press member.

• Formula TV’s journalist, Salome Chaduneli, was verbally insulted and interfered with her professional activities.

• Formula TV’s journalist, Nika Sajaia, was physically assaulted.

• Guria News’s journalist, Merab Tsaava, was hindered in his professional journalistic activities.

(The list is renewable)

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics strongly condemns acts of violence against journalists, gross violations of journalists’ rights, and interference in professional activities.

We call on the authorities to conduct an exhaustive and transparent investigation to identify and hold responsible law enforcement officials accountable for the offenses against media representatives.

The Charter will always protect the rights of journalists and the high standard of freedom of expression.

We, the media organizations that have signed the statement, strongly oppose the Russian bill initiated by the members of the Parliamentary Majority.

We firmly believe that this bill aims to suppress the critical voice and create an environment where media and public organizations can no longer uncover corruption, injustice, and poverty in the country.

This was proved by the outcomes of a similar law passed in Russia years ago - civil and media organizations were closed and journalists became the victims of persecution.

Adopting this bill will cause insuperable harm to the EU accession process of Georgia, which was clearly indicated in the statement of the High Representative of the European Union on February 24.  Consequently, the submitted legislative amendment hampers Georgia's development and closes a window of opportunity.

We serve Georgian society and express deep concern about the future of our country. We are not going to work under this label. Accordingly, in case of adopting the Russian law, we refuse to register as “Agents of Foreign Influence.” It insults our professional dignity.



  2. Publika (
  3. Indigo
  4. Studia Monitor
  8. Tabula
  9. Civil Georgia -
  10. MediaChecker
  11. Project 64
  12. Chaihana
  14. Association of Investigative Journalists (
  15. Media Holding Commersant
  16. OC Media
  17. Media portal “Cactus,”
  18. JamNews (
  19. Online edition “Sova”(
  20. RealPolitik (
  21. “Mountain Stories” -
  22. Georgian News -
  23. Journalism Resource Center - JRC
  24. Georgian Alliance of Regional Broadcasters
  25. Radio Tbilisi
  26. Mtavari Arkhi
  27. Accent (
  29. ClickMedia -

Shida Kartli:

  2. Radio Mozaika,
  3. TV Media Monitoring
  4. "Georgian Media Group" - /
  5. Dia TV
  6. Neo TV -

Kvemo Kartli:

  1. Community Radio Marneuli
  2. Women’s Community Radio WW
  3. Kvemo Kartli Media -
  4. Marneuli TV
  5. Radio Bolneli
  6. TV4


  1. Community Radio "Nori",
  2. TV “Borjomi”,
  3. TV9,
  4. Union of Journalists of Samtskhe-Javakheti
  5. MediaSakhli - Sknews (
  6. Javakheti News Center, Akhalkalaki,
  7. TOK TV


  2. TV 25
  3. Radio Citrus


  1. Ninth Wave Broadcasting Company
  2. Radio Atinati
  3. Kolkheti 89
  4. TV Egrisi
  5. Radio Odishi +
  6. Radio Harmonia
  7. TV Odishi


  1. Voice of Kakheti (
  2. Information Agency “Speqtri”
  3. Community Radio of Pankisi
  4. TV Tanamgzavri
  5. Radio Hereti


  1. Kutaisipost (
  2. TV Rioni
  3. Imervizia TV
  4. Mega TV
  5. TV Zari
  6. Radio Rioni
  7. Radio Zari
  8. Chemi Kharagauli


  1. Guria TV
  2. Guria News
  3. Guriis Moambe (


  1. Agrogaremo TV

/The list is renewable/
Today marks one year since members of a violent group attacked media representatives, physically and verbally assaulted them and damaged equipment during a demonstration against the March of Dignity. Later the mob attacked the offices of Tbilisi Pride, Shame Movement, and Human Rights House Tbilisi.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 53 media workers were assaulted, among them Lekso Lashkarava, a cameraman for TV Pirveli, who died on July 11, 2021.

On July 5, 2021, the government did not protect media representatives. In addition, none of the cases mentioned above was adequately investigated. Organizers of the demonstration against Tbilisi Pride were not held accountable, even though their identities were known to the general public.

Representatives of the government continue aggressive communication with media workers, and dozens of assault cases remain uninvestigated. Such an approach encourages future occasions of assaulting media representatives.

Freedom and safety of media are necessary for the Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics considers that the situation regarding the safety of media workers is alarming and calls on the government to take practical steps to improve the media environment immediately.

According to media information, yesterday, on March 5, 2022, Mikheil Fishman, the journalist representing the Russian independent channel "Dozhd" was denied entry to Georgia. He has so far refrained from commenting and identifying himself due to the growing threat to journalists in Russia.

Today, on March 6, 2022, it became known that Mikheil Fishman's family is in Georgia, while the journalist himself is not allowed to cross the border and is still waiting for an answer from the Georgian state.

We would like to remind the public that “Dozhd” has been a broadcaster with a critical editorial policy regarding the Russian government. In the wake of the ongoing military operations in Ukraine, the aforementioned TV channel stopped broadcasting on March 3.

Recently the Russian government introduced new regulations making it difficult for independent media to cover the ongoing war. Dissemination of information that the Kremlin might consider “fake” could be punished with a considerable fine or even imprisonment. Given these circumstances, some journalists are trying to leave Russia. Other media outlets in Russia have stopped broadcasting, including CNN, as well as the Russian bureau of Deutsche Welle, which has been closed. Therefore, we expect that other Russian journalists will likewise need the help of the Georgian State. 

We believe that the fact of restricting the permit of entry could be discriminatory because other persons entering the country from Russia via Yerevan do not face similar obstacles. Therefore, the state must explain what constituted the main reason for not admitting Mikheil Fishman. 

The Coalition calls on the Georgian authorities not to create artificial border obstacles for Russian journalists who have been harassed for their professional activities, strictly comply with the requirements of the Georgian Law on International Protection, and refuse to violate the rights of critical journalists and their associates.


The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics expresses solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, media representatives, and colleagues in the Press Council of Ukraine.

The Charter thanks the journalists who work in the field and do their best to provide the public with checked and complete information on the developments after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At the same time, the Charter appeals to Georgian media outlets to be careful when covering current events in Ukraine, as such propaganda campaigns and disinformation are particularly active at this time, with numerous unverified reports, videos, and photos.

In a situation where the population of the country is completely focused on the events in Ukraine, it is important that the media make a redoubled effort to verify the information and use only reliable sources.

The Charter also appeals to the public not to be deceived by the misinformation spread by pro-Russian and anti-Western organizations and news channels operating in Georgia.


Physical and verbal abuse, interference with the professional activities, attempted damage to equipment - Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics revealed the following facts of violation of the rights of journalists during the second round of voting in the 2021 elections:

  1. In Tbilisi, in the vicinity of one of the polling stations in Gldani, a journalist of TV Pirveli was verbally abused;
  2. In Martvili, at the 31st polling station, a stranger physically confronted the journalist of Formula TV - Nino Chakvetadze while asking questions;
  3. The camera crew of TV Pirveli was verbally abused by a person near the polling station in Rustavi;
  4. In Kareli municipality, in the voting unit of the 2nd polling station, a United National Movement observer attacked a TV Monitoring journalist and physically abused him/her;
  5. Georgian Dream coordinators verbally and physically confronted a Formula TV journalist near the polling station in Zugdidi;
  6. Nino Chakvetadze, a journalist of Formula TV was attacked at the 2nd polling station in Martvili;
  7. According to TV Pirveli, a Georgian Dream supporter confiscated a microphone from their journalist;
  8. According to Giga Gelkhvidze – a journalist of TV Media Center, he was verbally and physically confronted at the 14th polling station in Kutaisi;
  9. According to Formula TV, in Kutaisi, their camera crew was confronted by aggressive individuals and verbally abused;
  10. In one of the polling stations, in the voting unit, the journalist of the TV Pirveli verbally confronted the representative of the polling station;
  11. According to TV Pirveli, an aggressive Georgian Dream observer verbally and physically abused their journalist;
  12. In one of the polling stations in Batumi, some persons tried to damage the camera of the TV 25 camera crew and interfered with their journalistic activities;
  13. Also, in Batumi, the journalist Teo Putkaradze was verbally and physically assaulted;
  14. In Kutaisi, on the 15th polling station, the journalist of was aggressively hindered in his/her work, tried to damage his/her equipment and verbally and physically abused him/her;
  15. In Gonio, the camera crews of Formula TV and the Mtavari TV were attacked and verbally and physically abused;
  16. In Poti, aggressive Georgian Dream activists attacked a Mtavari TV journalist and physically and verbally abused him/her;
  17. In Meskheti, a Formula TV journalist was stoned and verbally abused;
  18. According to Gurianius, their journalist was expelled from the first polling station in Senaki, who was filming a confrontation at the polling station;
  19. Mtavari TV journalist Emma Gogokhia was confronted at one of the polling stations in Senaki and verbally abused.

The list might be updated.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics urges the law enforcement agencies to ensure an immediate investigation on the interference in journalistic activities and attacks on members of the media.

The cases revealed in the first round can be found here.

Physical and verbal harassment, interference with the professional activities, threats, damage and seizure of equipment – the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics reveals the following facts of violation of journalists' rights during the voting on the day of Elections 2021:

• In Zugdidi, at one of the polling stations, a stranger threatened Salome Chaduneli – the Formula TV journalist with an electric shock and verbally abused her. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched an investigation regarding the fact under the article of illegal interference with a journalist's professional activities.

• In Batumi, according to TV Pirveli journalist Tamta Dolenjashvili, near one of the polling stations, activists of “Georgian Dream” locked the broadcaster's equipment in a minibus.

• The journalist of the Mtavari TV was insulted at the polling station in Gonio.

• A member of the Vani Sakrebulo from “Georgian Dream” verbally insulted the journalists.

• The journalist of the media outlet "Batumelebi" was prevented from performing his professional activities in the vicinity of the 64th polling station of Batumi.

• "You are Gvaramia's chick" - the citizen verbally confronted the journalists.

• A journalist of Pirveli TV was verbally abused in Kareli.

• The cameraman fell down during the filming at the polling station during Bidzina Ivanishvili's voting.

• Giorgi Pirukhia, a journalist of TV Pirveli, was verbally abused while performing his professional activity at the polling station.

• In Chugureti district, Tbilisi, the shooting crew of TV Pirveli was allegedly attacked by a Georgian Dream activist and the camera was broken. According to the TV company, the equipment belonging to the broadcasting company was damaged.

• TV 25 journalist Teo Putkaradze was physically assaulted while performing her professional activity.

• A journalist of Pirveli TV was verbally abused.

• The journalist of the media outlet "Batumelebi" was verbally abused. According to the media, the aggressive people responded to the journalist with threats. "We are looking at you," "we remember your names," they told the journalist.

• In Gldani, at the 47th polling station, a voter verbally insulted the journalist of the online publication "Publika" - Mindia Gabadze.

• In Chugureti, the film crew of the Mtavari TV was verbally abused.

• According to Radio Marneuli, one of their journalists was prevented from filming in one of the polling stations.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics urges the law enforcement agencies to ensure an immediate investigation into the interference with journalistic activities and attacks on members of the media.

On September 29, 2021, the incumbent mayor of Tbilisi and the Georgian Dream mayoral candidate, Kakha Kaladze, called the journalists "radicals", "the dirtiest people" and "the head of hatred and evil.". 

The Charter of Journalistic Ethics condemns Kakha Kaladze's statement and considers that such an attitude towards the media is characteristic of authoritarianism.

The Charter considers this to be an incitement to hatred towards the media, which is especially dangerous during the election period. It is noteworthy that Kakha Kaladze had previously been known for his aggressive rhetoric towards journalists when he compared the activities of the media on July 20, 2021 to the actions of violent groups. 

The Charter of Journalistic Ethics has repeatedly stated that the aggressive rhetoric of politicians in Georgia creates a polarized media environment and negatively affects the safety and professionalism of journalists.

The Charter of Journalistic Ethics calls on the authorities not to encourage attacks on members of the media by their aggressive attitudes and to stop talking about restrictive norms of freedom of thought, speech, and expression, to support media freedom, and to switch to business relations’ mode.


On July 20, 2021, Mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze compared the activities of the media to the actions of violent groups.

We have repeatedly expressed concern over the aggressive rhetoric of politicians, which creates an unsuitable environment in Georgia for the free work of media organizations and journalists. This has a negative impact on the safety of journalists. It was the statements of the Ruling Party that encouraged the violent actions against 53 members of the media on July 5.

The Charter urges the representatives of the authorities to refrain from encouraging the attacks on members of the media with their aggressive attitudes and to stop talking about restrictive norms of freedom of thought, speech and expression, to support media freedom and to switch to a business relations.


Cases of violation of the rights of media representatives in Georgia have reached a critical level. Dozens of cases against the media are still uninvestigated. Dozens of cases against the media are not still investigated. The authorities fail to ensure the safety of journalists, while the statements by the officials of the ruling party encourage the violence even more.

On July 5, 2021, during a demonstration against the "March of Dignity", members of a violent group deliberately attacked the media representatives, subjected them to physical and verbal abuse, and deliberately destroyed their equipment to obstruct their journalistic activities.

Despite the preliminary calls from the civil sector, the state has not taken appropriate measures to protect the media representatives. Insufficient police forces did not take measures to protect the journalists. Moreover, on July 5, before the start of the government session, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, laid the responsibility not upon the members of the demonstration but the organizers of the "March of Dignity" for the possible complication of the situation and called them not to hold the march on Rustaveli Avenue.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on July 5, 53 members of the media were injured, including the operator of TV Pirveli - Aleksandre Lashkarava, who was severely beaten by violent groups on July 5. Aleksandre Lashkarava died on July 11.

Part of the media representatives still remains in the hospital. Members of various violent groups continue to openly threaten journalists and cameramen, to which the law enforcement agencies do not respond accordingly. The organizers of the violent demonstration of July 5, whose identities are not known, have not been arrested either.

It should be noted that most of the facts of the attacks on journalists, obstruction of media activities, and violence that happened in the past have not been investigated so far and the issue of responsibility of the organizers of the violent groups has not been outlined.

We appeal to the representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations accredited in Georgia to respond immediately and effectively to the purposive persecution of media representatives on Rustaveli Avenue on July 5, the facts of damage to health, obstruction of professional duties, and inaction of the Georgian government.


1.     Mtavari TV

2.     TV Formula

3.     Rustavi 2

4.     Tabula

5.     Imedi TV

6.     Kavkasia TV

7.     The Charter of Journalistic Ethics

8.     Adjara Public Broadcaster and Radio

9.     Georgian Public Broadcaster

10.  TV Pirveli

11.  Express News

12.  FaxInterNews

13.  Artarea TV

14.  Studio Monitor

15.  Georgian Times Radio

16.  Fact Check

17.  Radio Green Wave


19.  Media Development Foundation

20.  Border Zone

21.  NNLE Media and Communication Educational and Research Center

22.  Radio Voice of Abkhazia

23.  Radio Dardimandi

24.  Alternative Professional Union of Adjara Public Broadcaster

25.  Media Holding Hereti: Radio Hereti FM102.8, Radio Tbilisi FM93.5

26.  Radio Citrus FM97.3

27.  Radio Dzveli Kalaki

28.  Georgian Regional Radio Network

29.  TV Company New

30.  OC Media

31.  TOK TV

32.  Radio Holding Fortuna

33.  SOVA

34.  Batumelebi

35.  Newsreport


37.  Netgazeti


39.  Blog SocReactive


41.  Radio Atinati


43.  Publika


45.  Internews-Georgia



48.  Palitranews

49.  Radio Palitra

50.  Radio Marneuli

51.  Euronews Georgia


53.  Kutaisi Today


55.  Cnews

56.  Media Holding "Qronika +"






62.  Eco-Fact

63.  Media rights

64.  Journalism Resource Center

65.  Agrogaremo TV

66.  Alliance of Regional Broadcasters

67.  Radio Imedi

68.  Commersant

69.  JAMNews



72.  News Agency Front News

73.  Front News International Kiev Office



76.  TV 25

77.  Guria TV

78.  Metskhre talgha

79.  okribanews

80.  newpost






86.  GHN



89.  Odishi TV

90.  Guria Moambe

91.  Dianews


93.  AliQ Media


95.  Info Rustavi

96.  Mega TV

97.  DiaNews

98.  Radio Mosaic

99.  TV Dia


101. Timerge

102. Radio WW

103. Chemi Kharagauli



106. Livepress

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Aleksandre Lashkarava, the cameraman of TV Pirveli, died today, on July 11. He was one of the journalists injured during the events of July 5th. He was attacked in a group during the raid on the office of the movement "Shame". Aleksandre Lashkarava had severe injuries to his face and head. On July 5, more than 50 members of the media were injured in attacks on journalists by the violent groups on Rustaveli Avenue, several among them were injured severely.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics believes that the authorities have not taken appropriate measures to prevent the violence, and in some cases, statements by high-ranking government officials have even encouraged the activities of the violent groups.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs failed to protect the journalists from physical violence on July 5, it could not ensure the safe operation of the media as well. Most of the facts of attacks on journalists, obstruction of media activities, and violence have not been investigated so far, and the responsibility of the organizers of the violent groups has not been outlined.

The violent groups continue to use hate speech in an organized manner with the media, which encourages violence. We require the following:

• Authorities shall take immediate steps to end organized violence against the media;
• Not only the participants of the violent action but also the organizers shall be punished;
• To respond effectively to all facts of organized media attacks;
• To start investigating messages containing threatening performed towards the media;
• Authorities shall immediately stop speaking hate speech to the media, follow the law, and protect the journalists;
• To bring up the issue of the political responsibility of the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Prime Minister.

The cases of violation of journalists' rights in Georgia have reached a critical point. Hereby, we reiterate that the government has failed to guarantee the safety and security of media representatives as earlier attacks on journalists went largely unpunished.

On July 5 - 6, 2021, dozens of journalists and cameramen became the subject of large-scale violence. On a day when the March for Dignity, organized by Tbilisi Pride, was supposed to take place in Tbilisi, violent groups targeted media representatives, inflicted physical injuries and verbal abuse, and deliberately smashed their equipment to obstruct coverage.

Despite earlier warnings from the civil sector, the authorities did not take relevant measures to ensure the safety of the organizers of the March for Dignity or the media. The acts of violence were broadcast live. It was obvious that the insufficient police force was acting passively and failed to restore the order in the streets.

On July 5, prior to the cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, put the responsibility for the possible aggravation of the situation not on the counter-protesters, but on the organizers of the Tbilisi Pride, and called them not to hold the march on Rustaveli Avenue. During violent attacks, the only protection mechanism applied by the Ministry of Interior was withdrawing the journalists from the coverage scene.

The attacks against the media continued on July 6, 2021, in the course of the solidarity rally in Tbilisi, when the violent groups attempted to disrupt the live broadcast of Formula TV.

According to the official information, a total of 53 representatives of more than 10 media outlets were injured. Some of them were admitted to the hospitals with severe injuries and are under medical care up to date.

In response to the multiple acts of violence, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has detained only 12 individuals under the charges of illegal interference with journalistic activities, while the journalists were able to identify more attackers in the available video footage.

In the light of the unprecedented scale of violence against the media and in order to protect freedom of speech and expression and other fundamental rights in the country, we appeal to the Government of Georgia:

  • To conduct a prompt and efficient investigation into the cases of violence against the media representatives injured on July 5 - 6, 2021, as well as to bring the perpetrators to justice
  • To cease using hate speech against the media and openly support the freedom of journalists to carry out professional duties

We appeal to the Parliament of Georgia:

  • To hold an ad-hock hearing of July 5-6 events in the Parliament, and to evaluate the efficiency of the steps taken by the government to protect the citizens
  • To condemn the calls and acts of violence
  • To issue the statements in favor of freedom of expression and openly support the freedom of journalists to carry out professional duties.


Alliance of Regional Broadcasters - AB

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics

Georgian Democracy Initiative - GDI

Georgian Regional Media Association - GRMA

Georgian Young Lawyers` Association - GYLA

International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information -IDFI

Liberal Academy Tbilisi

Media Club

Media Development Foundation

Media Rights

Open Society Foundation OSGF

Rights Georgia

Small and Medium Telecommunication Operators Association of Georgia

Transparency International Georgia

TV network


According to the reports, the violent groups on Rustaveli Avenue physically and verbally abuse the journalists. Media outlets report that members of the violent group attack journalists, swear and force them to leave the area. 

  • According to "TV Pirveli", the equipment belonging to the broadcaster was damaged;
  • According to "Formula TV", Guga Dvalishvili, a journalist of the Public Broadcaster, was deprived of a microphone and thrown out of his hands, and the cameraman was physically abused;
  • Giorgi Gabunia and Lekso Khomasuridze - another crew of "Formula TV" was beaten;
  • The sticks were thrown to the "Rustavi 2" journalists;
  • Mako Jabua, a journalist of "Tabula" wearing a T-shirt with the caption "Press", was attacked and beaten with the cudgel at her head;
  • Luka Pertaia, a journalist of "Netgazeti" was verbally abused;
  • Tamta Kakhaberidze - a journalist of "" was attacked;
  • According to "Palitra News", their media operator was beaten, he had injuries on his face. Also, the equipment belonging to the broadcaster was damaged;
  • According to TV "Imedi", the protesters physically confronted their journalist and cameraman;
  • Two journalists from "Radio Liberty" were injured; 
  • According to the "First Channel", their cameraman Ilia Tvaliashvili was injured;
  • Alexander Lashkarava, the cameraman of "TV Pirveli", was beaten and his equipment was broken;
  • According to the Adjara Public Broadcaster, their journalists was attacked by radical citizens. Journalist Tiko Susareishvili was injured;
  • "Mtavari Channel" journalists Dea Mamiseishvili, Irakli Bakhtadze, Nino Gazdeliani, Datuna Akhaladze, Anri Jokharidze, Keta Tsitskishvili and Tornike Barnabishvili were injured;
  • According to "Guria News", their journalist Merab Tsaava was confronted at the rally;
  • Journalists of TV "Rustavi 2" Mariam Kumsishvili, Marika Gotsiridze, Giorgi Pertia, Salome Bokuchava, Zura Managadze, Beka Atabegashvili, Nikoloz Urushadze and Shota Sikinchalashvili were injured;
  • "Interpressnews" photo correspondent Giorgi Nikolishvili is injured;
  • Formula TV journalists Nino Vardzelashvili, Rati Tsverava, Luka Khachidze, cameramen Levan Bregvadze, Nikoloz Kaliashvili, Zaza Kapanadze, Giorgi Maisashvili, photographer Vakho Kareli were injured.

According to our information, about 40 journalists and cameramen were injured. A list of them can be found here. (a list may be updated)

The Charter urges the Ministry of Internal Affairs to protect media representatives from illegal interference and violence in their journalistic activities.

The Charter of Journalistic Ethics urges the government to protect the safety of journalists and create appropriate working conditions for the media in the course of their professional activities so that citizens have the opportunity to receive information about the current processes.

The Charter of Journalistic Ethics will always protect the rights of journalists and the high standard of freedom of expression.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics considers that the Georgian government is advisedly hinders the media from providing the information to the community in a timely, complete and comprehensive manner. 
The community has the right to receive information about the current social and political events in the country from different sources. Especially when the political situation in the country is critically tense.
Since the voting day of the elections dated October 31, 2020, the media representatives have been repeatedly hindered during the accomplishment of their professional activities. 
On the voting day, activists mobilized at the electoral areas through the whole country reported aggression against the media; verbal and physical abuse was reported as well. During the day, top-ranking officials encouraged this aggression with their statements.
On November 8, 2020, as a result of disproportionate force used by the law enforcement agencies at a rally near the building of the Central Election Commission, 4 journalists were injured. Other reporters were injured and their equipment was damaged as well. During the disruption of the rally, water cannons were aimed at the media representatives.
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics has always tried not to ignore every fact of persecution and illegal interference in the activities of journalists and has always addressed the investigative bodies, but all these attempts remained unresponded, as well as the fact that up to 40 journalists were injured during the disruption of the protest rally on June 20, 2019. Such an approach has encouraged the violence more. 
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics addresses the representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and international organizations accredited in Georgia, as well as the international journalistic associations, to use all available means to protect the freedom of speech and expression in Georgia and create a safe working environment for journalists. 
To the Prime Minister of Georgia  
and heads of press agencies of governmental institutions
Statement of Journalists Working in Georgia
Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, which unites 363 journalists, addresses you. Journalists within and outside of the organization talk about bad practices of several governmental (especially law enforcement structures) institutions. They are often invited to the briefings with no prior knowledge of what the discussed topic will be. It is vital that media knows the topic of briefing or press conference, to decide, according to human and technical resources, whether they want to attend or not.

Appeal by the journalists to the
Georgian Government
the Georgian Interior Minister and
the diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia

The breakup of a rally in the Rustaveli Avenue on June 21, 2019, in Tbilisi has resulted in injured representatives of the media. According to their reports, the law enforcement officers were target-shooting the journalists even when their status as media workers performing their professional duties was evident.

On June 13, 2019, the chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and the Georgian National Communications Commission spread information on amendments to the Law on Broadcasting of Georgia with the purpose of regulating hate speech. The amendments are planned to be passed by July 1, 2019. Georgia’s obligation to implement audiovisual media Directive has been indicated as the basis for that.

According to media reports, homophobic rally activists are preventing and threatening the journalists who are covering the events taking place at the Chancellery. The incidents occurred against journalists of Netgazeti, Liberali, Radio Tavisufleba, Adjara TV, TV Pirveli and Rustavi 2.

According to “Netgazeti”, a participant of the homophobic rally snatched the mobile phone of the "Netgazeti" reporter, Giorgi Diasamidze, and threw it to the ground. As Giorgi Diasamidze said, the process was observed by the police but they did not react in any way. “Do you want me to smash this phone onto your head?" ... "I have memorized your face" –these words were used by members of the counter rally arranged near the Chancellery to threaten Lika Zakashvili, the Editor of Liberali, and another journalist of the same publication.  According to the edition, the police arrested that participant of the rally after the incident. "How stupid you are!" – in this way the businessman Levan Vasadze addressed the Nino Khozrevanidze, the journalist of Adjara TV, when the reporter asked him why they had showed up at the rally as their appearance caused the confrontation.

According to TV Company Odishi, on May 14, representatives of "Georgian Dream" opposed their respondent, Sandra Roelofs, Zugdidi mayoral candidate of the United Opposition, when filming the TV program "Lustration” in the garden of the Zugdidi Historical Museum. The camera crew was verbally and physically assaulted. The TV Company has released video footage of the incident.
With this statement signatory non-governmental organizations would like to express our strong negative attitude towards the initiative of two members of the Advisory Board of the Adjara Public Broadcaster on the impeachment of Natia Kapanadze, Director of Adjara TV and Radio.


At the beginning of 2019, high-ranking officials made numerous statements regarding the legislative amendments related to defamation.

According to the President of Georgia, there is a need for legislation that provides more protection for both human dignity and freedom of speech. The Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia stated that the discussion must start not only on the issue of defamation but also with regard to the problem of severe insult and increased use of offensive language.

Recently media has begun to actively cover the murder of the US citizens, the Smiths family, who were killed in the Khada Gorge in July of 2018. The public was shown a testimony given to the investigation by the defendant as well as the photographs that had been supposedly provided by law enforcement agencies. In the nearest future, the jurors will start hearing the case on merits in the court. Thus, the interest of the Prosecutor’s Office is obvious- to use media to disseminate the desired information.

Therefore, the media has a great responsibility to ensure that it does not become the instrument for influencing the jurors and the sentiments in society in favour of the Prosecutor’s Office. To this end, it is necessary to do the following:
Statement of Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics about the fact of attack on Zura Vardiashvili, editor of Liberali. He said that on the evening of 15th of September he was physically attacked by a group of 5-6 people. The investigation is ongoing by the 126th article (violence). Even though several days have passed since the attack, the investigation has not yet announced results to the audience. According to the first information, attackers mistook Zura Vardiashvili with a different person and the attack was not connected to his professional work.
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics is observing the events around TV Iberia. Journalists of the TV company say that they are under pressure from the government to create problems for the funding company. Audio recordings were published which may contain criminal statements.
Georgian media outlets report that tens of employees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) have received proposals, according to which the terms of their employment contracts should be either changed or terminated. We suppose that this proposal is unjustified and may aim at dismissing tens of employees. Recent developments around GPB raise a number of questions and even the latest statement [released by GPB] does not provide answers to them.

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics Council is evaluating the statement of Georgian Orthodox Church Patriarchate to ask church members and every citizen “for whom the church is valuable” to boycott Rustavi 2, as going against media and freedom of speech.

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics requests the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor’s Office to promptly investigate the attack on Rustavi 2 journalists that took place on 19th of March.

The reason of the attack was the text of the host of P.S., Giorgi Gabunia, in the show of 18th of March. The video recording of the incident shows not only the interference with journalists’ job, but the use of force, violence, and other criminal signs. It is important for justice system to correctly classify this crime and investigate it quickly and effectively, to have the people using violence against media punished. A journalistic product cannot cause revenge no matter whether it is up to the professional standards or not.

Almost 9 months have passed since the investigation started in the abduction case of the Azerbaijani journalist and activist Afgan Mukhtarli from the territory of Georgia but regardless high public interest to this case information about the progress of investigation
Media Advocacy Coalition addresses the Parliament and Broadcasting Supervisory Board Council to react and openly state their position about the public statement of the member of the Supervisory Board, Giorgi Iakobashvili. Giorgi Iakobashvili, as a Supervisory Board member, defines the priorities and development strategy and controls the management of the Public Broadcasting. He was chosen for this position with 84 votes by Georgian Parliament in 2017.

February 1, 2018

Thomas Kent, President, RFE/RL
Nenad Pejic, Vice President, RFE/RL

Mr. President,
Mr. Vice President,

It has come to our knowledge that the Parliament of Georgia may follow the initiative proposed by the Ministry of Justice to amend the text of the new Constitution and lower the constitutional standard of access to public information.

Georgian National Communications Committee made a statement on 12th of December in response to an influential nongovernmental organization – Transparency International Georgia – report, according to which Kakha Bekauri does not qualify for the requirements of a member/head of Georgian National Communications Committee. In the statement of the committee, Transparency International Georgia is said to be the disseminator of “nonqualified and false information”.
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics has filed a complaint regarding two materials prepared by Russian and Azerbaijani media to the Consultation Committee, which was created in order to fight against propaganda. The Commission was staffed with self-regulation council representatives from following countries – Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia and Russia. The goal of the committee was to battle propaganda.

A video containing a call for terrorism and violence was spread November 23. Several media outlets have spread the appeals unaltered. Society is entitled to receive information on possible violence or other danger. Ho
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics expresses its sorrow over the terrorist act taken place in France and presents condolences and tolerance to relatives and colleagues of those killed, the French Embassy in Geor