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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.


Posted on: 02 Nov 2017

Member Organizations of No to Phobia Civil Platform File a Complaint against Maestro TV

A group of civil society organizations, among them Media Development Foundation, Equality Movement, Tolerance and Diversity Institute, Georgian Democracy Initiative and Baltic to Black See Alliance Georgia, united under the civil platform No to Phobia, filed a complaint with the Maestro TV self-regulatory body on November 2. The group accuses Magda Anikashvili, anchor of Maestro TV’s October 27 news program, of making comments encouraging homophobia during the interview with Vice President of the Georgian Football Federation, Nika Jkarkava.

The signatory organizations claim that in the course of the interview, the anchor of the news program made multiple attempts to depict the fact of expressing solidarity by Georgian football player, Guram Kashia towards LGBT community in a negative context. By this, Maestro TV violated Articles 31 and 32 of the Code of Conduct for Broadcasters, which define the principles and rules of diversity, equality and tolerance.

In the claimants’ opinion, it is a serious problem, when a media representative describes the act of civic solidarity expressed by Georgian football player towards the most vulnerable groups of the society as "imposing his own opinions” on his fans. Moreover, it represents a part of propagandistic narrative, according to which open support for the community by LGBT people and activists is described as propaganda and threat.

The member organizations of the No to Phobia civil platform call on the Maestro TV self-regulatory body to study the issue and hold a discussion on violation of Articles 31 and 32 of the Code of Conduct for Broadcasters by the program anchor, Magda Anikashvili.

See full version of the lawsuit