Freedom of speech and expression
The main priority of Media Development Foundation is to protect one of the most fundamental rights – freedom of speech and expression. To this end, the organization is engaged in public awareness raising, research and monitoring activities and protection of rights of citizens and journalists.
Ethical and professional standards
Social responsibility of media and its accountability to publicimplies interdependence of rights and responsibilities. The MDF is actively engaged in the development of professional mediathrough promotingethical standards, establishing self-regulation mechanisms,conducting educational campaigns, researches, advocating for the rights of consumers and initiating public discussions.
Pursuant to Article 14 of the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting and the Code of Conduct of Broadcasters adopted by the Georgian National Communication Commission (GNCC) in 2009, broadcasters are obliged to establish an efficient complaints mechanism to considercustomers’ complaints.
If you believe that a broadcaster has breached the Code of Conduct, please, apply by filling out the provided questionnaire and the Media Development Foundation, MDF, will submit your complaint to a relevant broadcaster's self-regulation body.
Through conducting monitoring, analysis, advocacy and initiating critical discussions the Media Development Foundation supports public policy oriented on the protection of human rights.
Individual freedoms and equality are cornerstones of our activities. The MDF is focused on issues concerning ethnic and religious minorities, LGBT groups, gender equality.
To support free and fair elections the Media Development Foundation conducts activities aimed at enhancing voters’ civic responsibility and motivation; ensuring full-fledgedparticipation of all citizens of Georgiain electoral processes, with a special emphasis on the regions densely populated by ethnic minorities; empowering women and increasing their representation in elected bodies; ensuring transparency of elections and strengthening the watchdog role of media in this process.
In 2014 Media Development Foundation established Diversity School aimed at contributing to civil integration, promoting diversity and encouraging civil activism among youth.
Program is designed for students.
The training component of the program offers a practical course in civil journalism; thematic lectures on diversity, culture of tolerance, pluralism and other important topics. School attendees participate in discussions and produce media content.
The practical course involves the production of media content and dissemination of media products via social media. To motivate students, it is planned to organize various competitions within the framework of the program.
True democracy rests onequal participation of all people in public life, regardless of their sex. Media can play an important role in promoting gender equality and establishing pluralistic society. Media, however, can also strengthen stereotypes existing in society and encourage marginalization rather than inclusion of certain social groups.
Gender equality is an issue directly influencing harmonious development of society and the role of an individual in this process. An individual is the means to achieve progress and an end of this striving too.
Guided by professional principles of media and open society values, the MDF aims to promote idea of equality and facilitate the professional and institutional development of media through supporting public debates and training about the role of society, raising awareness of citizens about gender equality issues, and conducting research and media monitoring.
One of the main priorities of the MDF is to encourage youth activism, support their initiatives, volunteerism and active citizenship; contribute to democratic process through discussions and public campaigns; raise civil awareness and achieve changes in society. The work of organization is also aimed at social rehabilitation of youth and providing them with opportunities for self-realization.