Since 2015, the Media Development Foundation (MDF) has been publishing annual reports on hate speech. This report reflects the results of media monitoring and the data obtained through focus groups that were conducted between 1 January and 31 December 2018. The objective of the study was to reveal various forms of hate speech and sources of hate speech in media and public discourse as well as to analyze main trends.
Apart from media outlets, the monitoring also focused on other sources – politicians, clergy, public organizations and representatives of society. A public opinion about fake news concerning migrants was explored within the format of focus groups.
The introductory part of the report presents the key findings and the methodology of the study; the second part provides total qualitative data by typology of hate speech; the third part discusses sources of hate speech by typology as well as public attitudes to fake news about migrants; the final part contains profiles of the sources.
The report was prepared within the USAID-funded Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness in Georgia (PITA) program that is implemented by the UN Association of Georgia (UNAG).
TAMAR GAGNIASHVILI, SOPHO GOGADZE, KHATIA LOMIDZE,
SOPHO CHKAIDZE, MARIAM GELASHVILI
BESIK DANELIA, IBDESIGN