The Draft Resolution provides significant progress of Georgia
The draft resolution was submitted to the PACE session in Strasbourg, concerning the current state in sundry CoE states in terms of freedom of media. The draft provides that Georgia achieved significant progress in media pluralism and freedom of media terms. Inclusion of the hereof issue to the draft resolution by the Georgian Delegation was supported by many partner states.
As the head of the Parliamentary Delegation, the First Deputy Chairperson, Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili stated, the change offered by the Georgian Delegation has not been fully considered. “The change we offered was partially shared, providing that in media terms, legislation of Georgia provides the best milieu for media to freely exist, hold activity and create pluralistic environment. The reporter agreed to this part. The resolution also provides that the ongoing court dispute entails questions in the international or local civil society that we naturally know. We know that the dispute entails significant turmoil. Thus, it would be preferable to as soon as possible make the decision and eliminate the doubts. These positive estimations and opinions are reflected in the resolution and it is what matters. I consider that the reporter could deeper search the essence of the issue and give better estimation to media context in Georgia. However, it is our task to provide the society and PACE members with full information and we serve for this task”.
The PACE set up the platform in 2015 studying freedom of media in CoE member states and namely the facts of assaults on journalists. It is the first time that the resolution provides positive record regarding Georgia.