Freedom of the press in Georgia Fact Sheet

GEORGIA

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the current state of press freedom in Georgia.

This document includes examples of press freedom violations and other threats that journalists face in their pursuit of the truth.

Although the Constitution of Georgia protects freedom of speech and expression and does not allow censorship, there are restrictions and political interference that affect the media landscape in the country. Access to public information in Georgia has been uneven since 2010, making it difficult for journalists to conduct their research and monitor government activities.

After the 2021 Tbilisi Pride riots, the Georgian government has become increasingly aggressive towards journalists and started surveillance of them. The officials engaged in anti-media rhetoric, and journalists who criticised the government’s behaviour were denied access to press events.

Special Investigation Service of Georgia has been monitoring and recording conversations of journalists, politicians, clergy and civil society activists after the July 2021 Tbilisi Pride riots, where 53 media workers covering the LGBT+ parade were injured.

Georgia has a high level of press freedom on the surface, but there are some problems that include pressure on independent journalists and media outlets or attempts to influence their editorial policies from government officials. Moreover, there have been attempts to change the legislation for more thorough control over the media.

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