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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 complains mechanism for considering customers’ complaints.

If  a broadcaster breaches the Code of Conduct, apply to us through filling out a provided questionnaire and the Media Development Foundation, MDF will present your complaint in a broadcaster's self-regulation body.
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Posted on: 06 Nov 2014

Presentation of the survey on Information funded from the State Budget

Media Development Foundation, MDF presented the preliminary results of a survey "Media receiving funding  from State Budget - unequal conditions  for news agencies (online media)” at Frontline Georgia Club, on November 6.

The preliminary data shows that the majority of the Ministries (13 out of 18) and the State Chancellery have a practice of paying money to news agencies for such services such as a coverage of state institution's activities in accordance with their demand and dissemination of provided information. According to the preliminary data, in 2013-1014, a total of 254,774 GEL was allocated from the state budget for that purpose.

The leader among news agencies receiving funding from 11 ministries and the State Chancellery isIPN(101,539.8 GEL), followed by GHN (48,690 GEL). In 2013-1014 five ministries transferred money in amount of 43 034 GEL to PIA (Ltd "Pirveli”) and 41 330 GEL to For.ge. Relatively less amount of sum was given to other news agencies.

According to the information received from the public agencies, only five out of 18 (those of Justice, Education and Science, Energy, Regional Development and Infrastructure, and Finance) do not procure the service of news agencies.

Media Development Foundation (MDF) issued recommendations to the Government to review the current funding practice and make the process transparent, as well as to news agencies clearly separate editorial and advertising materials.

At the first stage of the survey Media Development Foundation requested the information from 19 Ministries and the State Chancellery. The Ministry of Internal Affairs failed to supply the requested information within the terms established by the law (10 working days), therefore an administrative complaint was filed against this violation.

Media Development Foundation will analyze the distribution of advertising among other types of media outlets, including instances of surreptitious advertising and programs sponsored by state entities, in the next research.

 

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