The media in Georgia are thriving. But a lot of journalists lack the individual capacities, the time and resources to undertake serious investigations and fulfil professional reporting standards. This jeopardises their independence and puts the quality of their coverage into question.
Voluntary self-regulation through independent journalists’ organisations, on the contrary, and the establishment of professional reporting standards instead of media regulation by the state can be vital to promote quality journalism.
DW Akademie together with GIZ and the journalists’ association Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethic thus teamed up to improve media quality through digital and off-line instruments for media monitoring and an exchange on media ethics. Doing this, the pilot project “Media self-regulation through political and legal education” will enable journalists to know and meet the requirements of professional news coverage through an informative web portal and in-depth discussions on Dos and Don’ts of journalistic practice.