Media independence, the final frontier
The reforms of recent years have brought improvements to Georgia’s media landscape: media ownership transparency, satellite TV pluralism, and an overhaul of the broadcasting regulatory authority. After a series of scandals, the constitutional court ruled in April 2016 that surveillance by the intelligence agencies should be subjected to certain safeguards. Violence against journalists is less frequent although threats are often reported. But the media continue to be very polarized and, despite some progress, media owners often call the shots on editorial content. The war for ownership of the main TV channels is a source of concern for the future of pluralism. The fate of the main national opposition TV channel, Rustavi 2, will serve as a test.
64 in 2016
27.96 in 2016