“We will undertake all the measures to accelerate consideration of the bill on Broadcasting and hold the wide consultations with all parties concerned”, - the Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze commented about the bill.
The changes, to be introduced to the bill within the EUAA commitments and to be adopted as for July 1, 2019 envisage protection of minors from the late language, war propaganda and hazardous impact.
The Speaker responded to the initiative of the GNCC Chair, Kakha Bekauri stating that the decision is to be promptly made. “It is a very relevant issue and we will discuss it within the working group in election term, however, importance of this issue goes beyond the election dimension. The respective bill has been initiated and now under consideration in the leading Committee. I agree that the bill has been suspended for months. We will undertake all the measures to accelerate consideration of the bill on Broadcasting and hold the wide consultations with all parties concerned. I confirm that the initiative by K. Bekauri is very relevant and the decision shall be promptly made. The leading Committee has not yet considered the bill. We will ask for the reasons and will try to accelerate consideration”.
The objective is to find the best balance between the hate language and freedom of expression.
“Even hate language is the part of the freedom of expression but the task is to find the best balance between the will of the people to use hate language and to freely express their opinion. Hate language is a problem in our media and in the society. When we speak about the political culture, it seems impossible to consolidate the political system until hate language exists in media or politics. It is the problem to be immediately studied and considered and we will make the decisions on the basis of consultations. When we deal with the freedom of expression, we shall be maximally careful, though it is the issue requiring special attention and even the freedom of expression can be restricted if necessary however, mandatorily within the legitimate frames”.