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Self-regulation

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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About us

Mission

The Media Development Foundation, MDF, is a non-governmental organization aiming to promote: 
  • Fundamental human rights and freedoms; Open, inclusive and pluralistic society; 
  • Professional and institutional development of media; Establishment of media accountability and self-regulation mechanisms; 
  • Critical thinking in a new media ecosystem and resilience building of citizens’ through conscious media consumption; 

About organization

Established in April 2008 by a group of professional journalists, the Media Development Foundation, MDF, is a non-governmental, non-entrepreneurial (non commercial) organization aiming to promote:

  • Fundamental human rights and freedoms; Open, inclusive and pluralistic society; 
  • Professional and institutional development of media; Establishment of media accountability and self-regulation mechanisms; 
  • Critical thinking in a new media ecosystem and resilience building of citizens’ through conscious media consumption; 

 MDF launched its fact-checking and myth debunking platform - Myth Detector – in 2014, to uncover truth behind the lies, explore hidden agendas, raise the level of media literacy and inform both people and institutions of Georgia about the impacts of disinformation.

Since November 2019, Myth Detector is a verified signature of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) of the Poynter Institute, working alongside with 100 fact-checkers from more than 70 countries around the world and member of #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance and WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub.

In September 2020, Myth Detector partnered up with Facebook to fight against misinformation in the framework of Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program. Myth Detector reviews and rats the accuracy of content aiming to improve the quality and authenticity of stories in the News Feed. When rated false, Facebook shows the story lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution and warning people who see the post or try to share the post that it has been marked as false. Facebook pays Myth Detector to perform this service for them but it has no say or influence over what Myth Detector fact-checks or what the conclusions are, nor does it want to.

Since 2016, MDF is cooperating with EUvsDisinfo - the flagship project of the European External Action Service’s East StratCom Task Force and is a member of the Open Information Partnership (OIP) bringing together think tanks, fact-checkers, independent media and grassroots organisations to support efforts to counter hostile information influence operations.

MDF's 2021 Portfolio

MDF's 2020 Portfolio

MDF's Charter

Board members

 Tamar Kintsurashvili,  Executive Director

 

 Tamar Khorbaladze, Chair of the Board

 

Ketevan Mskhiladze, Board Member Director, Gender Program

 

 Tamar Shamili, Board Member


 

 Giga Zedania, Board Member, Ilia State University

 

 Beka Mindiashvili, Board Member, Tolerance Center of the Public Defender's Office

 

 Levan Giorgadze, Board Member

 

Our team


Tamar Kintsurashvili, Executive Director

Tamar Khorbaladze, Chairperson of the Board


Keti Khutsishvili, Myth Detector Deputy Editor Mariam Pataridze, Lawyer

Khatia Lomidze, Media Researcher


Tamar Gagniashvili, Media Researcher

Tinatin Gogoladze, Media Monitoring Group Director



Communications and Social Media Manager

Zviad Mzhavanadze, Regional Coordinator

Mariam Tsutskiridze, Media Researcher

Sopo Gogadze, Media Researcher


Nutsa Zhghenti,Coordinator


Besik Danelia, Designer 





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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct of Media Development Foundation (MDF)

Employees of Media Development Foundation (MDF), or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, performing work for MDF or on its behalf, are expected to act lawfully, honestly, ethically, and in the best interests of the organization while performing duties on its behalf. 

Respect in the workplace

All employees of MDF should respect their colleagues. No discrimination on any ground or harassment in interpersonal relations is allowed. 

Professionalism

All employees must demonstrate integrity and professionalism in the workplace. All employees should fulfill their job duties with respect toward stakeholders and the community and complete their duties with skill and in a timely manner. Management mustn’t abuse their authority. 
Employees should try not to disrupt the workplace or present obstacles to their colleagues’ work.Employees should follow their schedules. 
Exceptions from standard working hours are subject of negotiation between employee and administration. 

Protection of Company Property

All employees should treat MDF’s property, material or intangible, with respect and care. They shouldn’t misuse organization’s equipment andrespect all kinds of incorporeal property, including trademarks, copyright and reports and any information produced by MDF. Employees should use them only to complete their job duties.

Confidential information

MDF’s business information is a valuable asset that everyone must protect. MDF’s Personnel are required to use confidential information of organization for business purposes only and must always keep such information in strict confidence. This concerns confidential information of third parties that we have received under non-disclosure agreements.

Conflict of interest

Employees should avoid any personal, financial, political or other interests that might hinder MDF’s integrity and their capability or willingness to perform their job duties. Employees should not advocate or campaign for any political candidates.

Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Employees should correct a mistake immediately once they learn about it. Correction is done clearly and transparently in line with the corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.

Policies

All employees should read and follow our MDF’s policies. If they have any questions, they should ask administration.

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