Georgian and German experts discussed the challenges in relation to the media and dwelt upon the models of European experience at the international conference – “Media Law Against New Challenges” organized by IRZ.
The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration, Sopho Kiladze, and the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Anri Okhanashvili delivered the welcome speeches.
“Media pluralism plays an instrumental role for the democracy in Georgia. Therefore, ensuring the media freedom and diversity as well as its promotion to the legislative level is of utmost importance. This direction requires further elaboration and the German side is committed to actively support this process, which is also testified by this conference”, - Sopho Kiladze commented.
Speaking about the current challenges in the media law, she also touched on the issues of spreading fake news and disinformation and noted that one of the factors hindering the democratic development of the country is the threats arising from fake news.
According to S. Kiladze, the State shall assume appropriate steps towards this problem and make sure that the German experience is taken into account in this process.
The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee referred to the legal situation in Georgia and noted that the media law enshrines different dimensions, standards and approaches and its evaluation incorporates several components.
In this regard, the Chair of the Committee stressed on the importance of upholding the freedom of speech and expression at the constitutional level, noting that as a result of the recent constitutional reform, this right has been technically and legally refined and thusly incorporated into the Georgian Constitution, which in turn demonstrated its importance to the Government.
“With the lapse of the significant development of our country, the freedom of expression is protected at the constitutional level and Georgia enjoys solid ground for further development of media law. As for media freedom, which is now unprecedently independent in Georgia, our legislation, since 2012, ensures the establishment and follow-up broadcast of the media within just 10 days. Hence, we will ensure the media pluralism in Georgia”, - Anri Okhanashvili reported.