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31 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 33171)  

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Title Three meetings of members of the Council of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics with Civil Society 
Status Completed 
Date 04/07/2011 - 06/07/2011 
Location Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, 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 1.5 - Journalists have better understanding of their rights, respect ethical rules and are trained to exercise their work in a professional and responsible manner as recommended under the applicable Council of Europe 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

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Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Standards - Media and Information Society Division)
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Documents & links
1 http://www.media.ge/en/node/41667
2 http://www.media.ge/ka/node/41691
3 http://www.media.ge/en/node/41699
4 http://www.livestream.com/nakadi/video?clipId=pla_6cc10104-e3ab-4a15-87b8-8ad571df0e50  
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 33171) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The overall objective of these information meetings in three cities of Georgia – Tbilisi (the capital city), Kutaisi (second largest city of the country) and Batumi (administrative center of the Autonomius Republic of Adjara) was to promote the Charter of Journalistic Ethics and its institutional body – Council of Journalistic Ethics. The former was drafted in close cooperation with the Council of Europe and opened to signature in December 2009, since then collecting more than 200 signatures.
The idea behind this forum was to meet the general public in order to present the Council’s achievements, stress the role and importance of active citizens in developing the case law of the said Council and debate over challenges it faces.

Output/Results The outcome of the meetings was positive in all three cities and more specifically in Kutaisi and Batumi, where many topical issues were raised by participants to which qualified answers were delivered by Mr. Zviad Koridze, head of the Council and its members Ms. Nino Zuriashvili, Ms. Eter Turadze and Ms. Eliso Chapidze. Some of the issued raised were symptomatic of a deeper insight into the challenges encountered not only by media professionals but society as a whole. Challenges ranging from the dilemma faced by media representatives of accepting invitations from public officials to attend public parties to the lack of visibility of the Council itself. In this context, understanding the notion of professional journalism by the general public was emphasized at each meeting as a major challenge.
The 2010 activity report of the Council and an introductory brochure (25 pages) published in the framework of the present Joint Programme were distributed to the participants. The latter gives a brief but instructive overview of the Charter and its 11 articles; it explains case processing procedures and lays out a model complaint form.
By the end of the meeting in Kutaisi two young journalists from local print media “Akhali Gazeti” and “P.S” joined the Charter, while most of the participants in all three cities learned about the newly set up website of the Charter – www.qartia.org.ge
Conclusions/Follow Up During the meeting held in Tbilisi Ms. Shorena Shaverdashvili, founder of Liberali magazine, suggested that the Council lacked visibility which resulted in a lower number of complaints brought against journalists by ordinary citizens. Mr. Zviad Koridze, head of the Council of Journalistic Ethics stressed that the participation of international partners in this kind of forum was one of the most effective tools in promoting ethical journalism as well as keeping closer relations with the public.
In the mid-term, similar activities will certainly increase the visibility of the Council in the regions of Georgia, hence strengthening its role as a watchdog of ethical journalism.
As a follow-up to this forum, it was decided to start deliberations over possible amendments to the statute of the Council with a view to enabling it to issue statements on obvious cases of violation of the Charter by those media professionals who have not yet signed it.
Participants Members of the Council of Journalistic Ethics, head of the NGO Civic Development Institute, representative of the NGO Georgian Young Lawyers Association, media professionals, public information officers, project officers of different international programs, students, lecturers.
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 150 
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