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29 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 32995)  

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Title Workshop on the implementation of the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) Code for Broadcasters  
Status Completed 
Date 15/09/2011 
Location Georgia
Countries CoE Members: Georgia
  Joint Programme Activity - SC-MLD-MEDIA II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SC-MLD-MEDIA II - Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2011/DGHL/JP/2601   Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova
Expected Result 1.1 - The regulatory framework for freedom of expression and for the media is brought closer in line with European standards;
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.2  Good governance, Internet and Media

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Standards - Media and Information Society Division)
CoE Contact ,   email
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1 http://www.media.ge/en/node/42384  
Last Modified 22/11/2012 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 32995) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The origin of this workshop can be found in the output results of previous activities held in the framework of the programme implemented by the Council of Europe in 2008-2009, during which time, on 12 March 2009, the Code for Broadcasters was adopted. Christophoros Christophorou and Stephen Whittle, Council of Europe external experts had largely contributed to the drafting process of the this Code.
A needs assessment and co-ordination round table held on 28 April 2011 at an initial stage of the present Joint Program also made it clear that there was huge interest among stakeholders to participate in an activity which would gather all parties for the first time after the adoption of the Code by the GNCC.
The main purpose of the workshop was to involve all interested parties during a one-day activity with a view to summing up the different viewpoints and experience and identify possible problems in the implementation of the Code.
In order to maximise results and maintain coherence with the previous work done, the same experts - Christophoros Christophorou and Stephen Whittle were invited as counsellors.
Output/Results The workshop appeared to be a good opportunity to debate over some pending issues requiring a resolution in order to move forward in the implementation process of the Code.
Concentrating on one specific issue: ‘the protection of the rights of a child’ appeared to be an effective way of awakening a deeper understanding of a more general problem and stirring up constructive debates around and beyond this topic.
More specifically, it was summed up by the experts and echoed by the representatives of the NGOs that there was no reason why, as a general rule, NGOs were not allowed to apply to the self-regulatory bodies of the broadcasters especially in cases where rights of a child were at stake. It was assumed as a result that NGOs could start to negotiate with the broadcasters in order to prepare a draft of the amendment to Article 5, paragraph (f) of the Code which defines the scope of “concerned parties”.
Also, it was underlined by the Council of Europe experts that efforts should be made by broadcasters in order to boost public confidence in the self-regulating mechanisms and to train journalists in striking a clear balance between their rights and responsibilities. Internal trainings and publication of the main decisions of the self-regulating bodies were noted as most important steps in this direction.
Conclusions/Follow Up The workshop benefitted from a positive and constructive attitude from all participants. This appeared to be different from the experience borne by participants to the drafting process of the Code two years ago. Thus, the workshop has paved the way to further developments – from a specific amendment to the Code to the improvement of the visibility of the self-regulating bodies. It could also serve as a solid basis for reflection before the organisation of one of the planned activities within the framework of the present programme on the media coverage of elections. 
Participants Ramon Reigada, Head of Operations,
European Union Delegation to Georgia; four members of Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC), including Heads of Legal and Broadcasting Regulation Departments; representatives of the broadcasters (Imedi TV, Kavkasia, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), Maestro TV, Rustavi 2, Association of Regional Broadcasters), NGOs (Civic Development Institute, Georgian Young Lawyers Association, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information), Public Defender’s Office, Council of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics, international organisations active in the country. 
Consultants/Experts - Christophoros Christophorou, Political Analyst; Assistant Professor of Communications, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
- Stephen Whittle, Director, Salomon Whittle Ltd, London, UK
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 43 
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