On February 6, “Media Voice” presented a study entitled “Media Environment 2023: Challenges during Political Polarization and Crisis in Georgia”. Ambassador Ernst-Peter Fischer of Germany addressed the distinguished guests, comprising representatives from embassies, media outlets, civil society, and academia.
The study, conducted in collaboration with Academia (თბილისის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტი • Tbilisi State University and საქართველოს უნივერსიტეტი • The University Of Georgia), sheds light on the impact of political polarization on the Georgian media, journalistic activities, and product quality and media credibility amid global and local challenges . Observation of the media environment, similar to the previous year’s research, was based on the evaluation of the participants involved in the research (20 representatives of the 18 media outlets) and further comparative analysis. The study encompasses recommendations aimed at mitigating polarization, ensuring the safety of journalists, combatting Russian disinformation, and reinforcing solidarity within the media industry, among other areas.
An engaging discussion followed the discussion moderated by Natia Kaladze, the dean of social science school at University of Georgia, and TEONA Tskhomelidze, Executive Director of Media Voice.
The study is authored by a team of professors:
Mariam Gersamia, professor at Tbilisi State University,
Maia Toradze, associate professor at Tbilisi State University,
Mari Bandzeladze, associate professor at the University of Georgia.
Our organization has been conducting an annual media environment study since 2021, with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom South Caucasus Office.
Follow the link to read the study in Georgian: https://bit.ly/3Ov3UjG
And in English: https://bit.ly/49nTPNp