Posted on: 18 Mar 2013
A dangerous tendency in the pubic space
The Media Development Foundation, MDF is concerned about frequent instances of reporting personal information through media outlets.
Especially worrisome are instances of disclosing personal information in response to critical questions of journalists. One of such recent examples is the case of Eliso Janashia asking a critical question about the situation in Poti during the press conference held by the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili with representatives of regional media on 14 March 2013. The addressee of this question, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights Eka Beselia, linked the critical question to journalist’s personal problems, namely, the health of her mother.
It is surprising that Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights ignores the Constitutional norm and publicly discusses the health of a person who has nothing to do with either the public politics or the issue in question.
Paragraph 2, Article 41 of the Constitution of Georgia reads: "The information existing on official papers pertaining to individual’s health, his/her finances or other private matters, shall not be accessible to anyone without the consent of the individual in question except in the cases determined by law, when it is necessary for ensuring the state security or public safety, for the protection of health, rights and freedoms of others.”
We call on Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights as well as other public officials to honor the right protected by the Constitution of Georgia and to refrain from disclosing personal information of people.
We also urge media outlets to treat personal information with caution and refrain from releasing it especially when such information bears no relevance to a topic discussed.
Media Development Foundation, MDF
March 18, 2013
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