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Non-governmental organizations call on the Parliament not to override the presidential veto

16.01.2018

The signatory organizations welcome the decision of the President of Georgia to veto the amendments to the Law on Broadcasting, which among others foresees the possibility to conduct the public procurement in non-transparent way, increasing the time for placing the commercial advertisements or sponsorship. The presented law significantly increases the risks of non-transparency and the corruption at Georgian Public Service broadcaster. Furthermore, the law will damage the private broadcasters and the Georgian media environment in general.

Accordingly, the signatory organizations call on the Parliament not to override the presidential veto and take  into account the justified arguments provided by the president, members of the parliamentary committee on Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee, the private media and civil society in order to ensure that the amendments to the law will be formulated in  way that will not harm the media environment and will be in line with the role and function of the idea of the public service broadcaster.
  • Transparency International Georgia
  • Georgian Democracy Initiative
  • Open Society Georgia Foundation
  • Georgian Young Lawyers Association
  • Sapari
  • Liberal Academy Tbilisi
  • The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics
  • International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy
  • Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
  • The Economic Policy Research Center
  • Article 42 of the Constitution
  • Human Rights Center
  • Media Institute
  • Georgia’s Reforms Associates
  • CIDA
  • Atinati
  • We for Sensible Future
  • Community Union “Nukriani”
  • Bridge of Friendship Kartlosi
  • Bolnisi Language House
  • Tkibuli District Development Fund
  • Akhaltsikhe Youth Center
  • Georgian Union of Democratic Development
  • Union of Democrat Meskhs
  • For Better Future
  • Civic Initiatives Association
  • Dusheti Development Foundation
  • Ratcha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Self Government Resource Center
  • The Center for Civic Monitoring and Research
  • Anti-Violence Network of Georgia - Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Committee
  • Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives
  • Regional Development Center
  • Inter-Ethnic Unity of Kvemo Kartli
  • Association “Spectrum”
  • Georgia Rural Council
  • Samtskhe Javakheti Media Center
  • Women for Regional Development
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