The statute of the Georgian Charter
of Journalistic Ethics
1. General Provisions
1.1. The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics (hereinafter the
Charter) is a non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity,
established with the objective of carrying out the goals of the
Charter and operating in compliance with Georgian legislation, the
given Statute and other internal regulatory documents.
1.2. The organizational and legal form of the Charter is
non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity.
1.3. Based on its goals, the Charter operates throughout the whole
territory of Georgia, as well as beyond its borders.
1.4. The seat of the Charter is in Tbilisi, Georgia.
2.1. The goals of the Charter are:
2.1.1. Developing and establishing rules of journalistic
2.1.2. Ensuring protection of the Charter of Journalistic
2.1.3. Developing and establishing journalistic self-regulatory
mechanisms and improving professional standards.
2.1.4. Increasing public trust in media.
3. Forms of Activity
3.1. The Charter with the aim of implementing goals of the
3.1.1. Ensures functioning of the mechanisms for protecting
Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics.
3.1.2. Conducts educations activities in order to increase
professionalism of journalists.
3.1.3. Carries out research, publishing and translation
3.1.4. Lobbies for harmonizing Georgian legislation on the rights
of journalists with international standards of human rights.
3.1.5. Promotes rules of journalistic ethics and supports building
of their respect.
3.1.6. Cooperates with local and international organizations,
including professional unions.
3.1.7. Is eligible to create structural entities of the Charter
throughout the whole territory of Georgia.
3.1.8. Conducts supplementary entrepreneurial activities, which
does not amend its status of a non-entrepreneurial legal
3.1.9. Conducts other activities which are not prohibited by
4.1. Any natural person of legal capacity, which conducts
journalistic activities and shares the goals of the Charter may
become the member of the Charter.
4.2. Person interested in the membership of the Charter shall apply
to the Council of the Charter in written, priory determined form.
The application should include recommendations of two members of
the Charter or other reliable documents proving conduct of
journalistic activities by the applicant.
4.3. The Council takes decision regarding the membership of the
applicant within the period of two months from the date of
receiving the application.
4.4. Decision on accepting an application on membership can be
taken without conducting a meeting, by means of electronic
communication (e-mail/social network), which ensures declaration of
intent by a member of the Council.
4.5. Person, that actively supports activities of the Charter, but
fails to meet the requirements of the membership of Charter, can be
accepted as an honourable member of the Charter based on the
decision of the Council.
4.6. Founders of the Charter and subsequent members are entitled to
equal status and rights.
4.7. Powers of a member of the Charter is terminated based on the
decision of the Council under the following circumstances
(additionally, the Council decision is not required when membership
is terminated based on section 4.7.1 and the receipt of an
application has immediate effect of membership termination):
4.7.1. Based on own application.
4.7.2. In case of the failure to pay the Charter fee consequently
for one year, without prior notification of the Council.
4.7.3. When declaring a member as a recipient of support based on a
decision of the court.
4.7.5. Declaring a person missing.
4.7.6. Declaring a person dead.
4.8. Member of the Charter, which ceases to conduct journalistic
activities, will be suspended the membership of the Charter until
the renewal of journalistic activities and will not be considered
as a member of the Charter in the process of voting. 4.9. Members
of the Charter which pursue journalistic activities and at the same
time are employed at administrative bodies and/or in a political
party are not entitled to be elected in the governing bodies of the
5. Rights and Duties of Members
5.1. Other than the exceptions foreseen by the given Statute member
of the Charter has the right to:
5.1.1. Participate in the work of the Charter General Assembly with
the right to vote.
5.1.2. Elect members of the Charter Council/Audit Commission and be
elected at the Charter Council/Audit Commission.
5.1.3. Participate in the activities of the Charter based on own
qualification and skills.
5.1.4. Receive information from the Charter governing bodies and
persons on the activities of the Charter, exception being the
limitations foreseen by the Rules of Procedure.
5.1.5. In line with the goals of the Charter use information and
material-technical means of the Charter as available
5.1.6. Wear the emblem of the Charter
5.2. Member of the Charter has the duty to:
5.2.1. Respect the Charter principles, Statute, Rules of Conduct
and decisions adopted by the Council.
5.2.2. Be wary of the Charter reputation, name and property.
5.2.3. Participate in the Charter activities in accordance with
his/her interests and skills.
5.2.4. Be guided by the Charter goals and rules of professional
ethics in the process of conducting his/her professional
5.2.5. Pay the pre-determined amount of membership fee in
accordance with existing rules.
5.2.6. Indicate his/her name and surname in the process of
conducting journalistic activities and ensure accessibility of
his/her identification information to the Charter in case of using
6. The General Assembly of Members
6.1. The highest governing body of the Charter is the General
Assembly of Members, which is called by the Council and is held
annually, in the month of December.
6.2. The Council decides on including the topic of making
amendments and additions to the Statue to the agenda of the General
Assembly, unless the draft amendments and additions have been
submitted by no less than one-tenth of the Charter members, a month
in advance to the date of the General Assembly.
6.3. The General Assembly has the authority to take a decision, if
no less than ¼ of the Charter members are present at the
6.4. The General Assembly takes decisions by a simple majority of
the members present, unless otherwise provided by the Statute or
law. Each member has one vote. Transferring the right to vote is
6.5. The General Assembly:
6.5.1. Adopts the Statue of the Charter by a majority of the 2/3 of
the Charter members, amends and makes additions to it.
6.5.2. Elects members of the Council in secret ballot by a majority
of votes. In case if the votes are split in half another vote is
6.5.3. Receives report on the activities and financial state of the
6.5.4. Adopts documents on strategic directions of the Charter
submitted by the Council.
6.5.5. Elects the members of the Audit Commission for the term of 3
6.5.6. Takes decision on reorganization or liquidation of the
Charter by a 2/3 majority of the members.
6.6. Extraordinary General Assembly is called by the Council of the
Charter, in case of relevant financial support:
6.6.1. On its own initiative
6.6.2. On the request of the Executive Director or 1/10 of the
Charter members, no later than two months after submitting a
6.6.3. On the request of the Audit Commission.
6.7. Decision by the members of the Charter may be taken based on a
survey conducted by means of electronic communication mechanisms,
which enables identification of a member based on his/her e-mail
address priory registered at the Charter. Intent of the Charter
member on the decision to be taken should be declared using
relevant means of electronic communication. Decision cannot be
taken by means described in this section on those subjects which
require secret ballot. Subsequent protocol on the results of the
survey is drawn up by the Council secretariat, which is signed by
the Council chairman and secretary.
6.8. Due process of secret ballot in the process of electing the
Council is ensured by the Election Commission, which is elected by
the members of the Charter and is composed of no less than 5
6.9. Non-members of the Charter, participation of which due to
their professional knowledge and skills will be deemed necessary
for the work of the Commission may assist the Election Commission
in the process of conducting its activities.
7. The Charter Council
7.1. The Charter Council is the highest governing body of the
Charter, composed of 9 members.
7.2. The Council members are elected based on a system of
quotation: 3 members are elected from journalists registered in
Tbilisi, and 6 members are elected from journalists registered
7.3. The Council members are elected by a simple majority of the
General Assembly members for a term of 3 years.
7.4. One-third of the Council composition is renewed annually. A
person absent from the General Assembly can be elected at the
Council, providing he has submitted prior acceptance on being
elected as a member of the Council.
7.5. Council meetings are held at least once per month, exception
being the cases when no topic has been prepared to be heard by the
Council and there are no other issues to be decided by the
7.6. Extraordinary meetings are called by the Council chairman on
his/her own initiative or on the request of one-third of the
Charter members. The Council has the authority to take a decision
if at least two-thirds of the members are present at the
7.7. Vote of at least 5 members of the Council is required for
taking a decision.
7.8. The Council members may express their opinion on an issue
under discussion/participate in the work of the Council by using
means of remote electronic communication (social networks, e-mail,
online video and audio calls).
7.9. The Council:
7.9.1. Calls and holds the General Assembly, notifies the Charter
members of the date and agenda of the meeting at least two weeks
before the date of the Assembly.
7.9.2. Appoints the General Director based on a competition and
signs a labor agreement with him/her.
7.9.3. Decides on the topic of receiving the Charter members.
7.9.4. In line with the Rules of Procedure discusses the topic of
violating ethical principles of the Charter.
7.9.5. Refers with a letter of recommendation to a member of the
Charter, whose activities violate principles of the Charter, or who
is manifestly violating his/her duties foreseen by the Statute.
7.9.6. Determines rules of communicating with the Charter
7.9.7. Elaborates strategic directions of the Charter activities
and submits them for approval to the General Assembly.
7.9.8. Adopts report on the activities and financial state of the
Charter to be submitted to the General Assembly.
7.9.9. Adopts the plan of strategic development of the Charter and
its budgetary directions.
7.9.10. Takes decision on the subject of the Charter membership to
various organizations/unions and the Charter participation in the
process of establishing a legal person.
7.9.11. Adopts a quarterly report of the Executive Director on the
7.9.12. Adopts the organizational structure of the Charter on the
proposal of the Executive Director.
7.9.13. Takes decision on the subject of creating and annulling
regional units of the Charter, adopts their statutes and appoints
7.9.14. Takes decision on all other issues, which based on this
Statute do not directly fall under the powers of the General
7.10. The council membership shall be terminated:
7.10.1. Upon the termination of the Charter membership.
7.10.2. Upon the suspension of the Charter membership.
7.10.3. Based on own application.
7.11. In case of the Council membership termination the person,
which during the last General Assembly received higher number of
votes, although insufficient for the Council membership, will join
the Council. In case when candidates with equal number of votes are
present the Council member will be elected based on casting ballots
by the Council. The new member of the council is elected for the
remaining term of the Council member whose term has been
7.12. When reviewing an application on the violation of the Charter
principles the Council shall be guided by the Rules of Procedure
adopted by the Charter Council.
7.13. The Charter Council determines the amount of the honorarium
of the Council members and the Chairman.
8. The Chairman
8.1. The Council Chairman is elected from the members of the
Council for the term of one year during the first meeting, which is
headed by the eldest member, voting is conducted based on open
ballot. The Chairman will be deemed elected if a candidate receives
majority of the votes but no less than 5 votes. Each member of the
Council has the right to nominate the Chairman candidate.
8.2. Term of office of the Charter Chairman commences upon his/her
election. The same person can be elected as the Charter Chairman no
more than for two consecutive terms.
8.3. The Chairman:
8.3.1. Heads the Council activities and chairs its meetings.
8.3.2. Represents the Charter in relations with third persons.
8.3.3. Raises the issue of the Charter membership of Coalitions
established with specific purposes.
8.3.4. Facilitates the process of working with the Charter members
and prospective members, in line with the rules developed by the
8.3.5. Performs the functions of the Executive Director prior to
9. The Executive Director
9.1. The Executive Director is appointed by the Council for a term
of three years through a competition. Term of the office of the
Executive Director may be extended by one year based on the Council
9.2. Any natural person of legal capacity from the age of 25 years
who has higher education, good professional reputation, experience
of management and meets additional qualification requirements
determined by the Council may be appointed as an Executive
9.3. The Executive Director represents the Charter in relationships
with third persons without restrictions.
9.4. List of the subjects on which the Executive Director is not
entitled to take a decision without the Council approval is
determined by the Council.
9.5. The Executive Director has the obligation to submit a report
to the Council on quarterly basis.
9.6. Term of office of the Executive Director shall be
9.6.1. Based on own application.
9.6.2. Based on the Council decision.
9.6.3. In case of failure to fulfil his/her duties during a period
of 2 months.
9.7. The Executive director shall lead the charter activities in
good faith. He/she shall be held personally responsible for damages
caused to the Charter.
9.8. The Executive Director:
9.8.1. Acts in the name of the Charter and represents the Charter
in relations with third persons, exception being the topics falling
under the sole competence of the Chairman and the Council.
9.8.2. Disposes of the Charter financial funds and material
resources and is responsible for their due utilization, signs
official and other official documentation.
9.8.3. Approves projects to be implemented.
9.8.4. Signs agreements on project related topics on the behalf of
9.8.5. Appoints and dismisses employees of the Charter.
9.8.6. Supervises the management of financial resources and other
material assets of the Charter.
9.8.7. Signs official documentation of the Charter.
9.9. Code of Conduct of the Executive Director is determined by the
9.10. A labor agreement is concluded with the Executive Director,
signed by the Council Chairman.
10. The Audit Commission
10.1. The process of the Charter Statute implementation by the
Charter Chairman, the Council, the Executive Director and
high-ranking officials appointed by them as well as utilization of
financial resources or other property in the interests of the
Charter is overseen by Charter Audit Commission, which is elected
by the General Assembly for a term of three years and is composed
of three members.
10.2. A member of the Audit Commission cannot at the same time be a
member of the Charter Council or hold an office as a permanent
employee receiving remuneration.
10.3. The Audit Commission conducts audit of financial and
accounting documentation and inventory of material goods at least
once per year.
10.4. The results of the audit are submitted to the Council and
presented at the next General Assembly.
10.5. The Audit Commission takes decision with the majority of
10.6. In case if manifest violation is observed, the Audit
Commission calls an extraordinary meeting of the Council or an
extraordinary General Assembly and chairs the meeting.
10.7. In case if the term of the Audit Commission member is
terminated, the person which during the last General Assembly
received higher number of votes, although insufficient for the
Audit Commission membership will join the Audit Commission. In case
when candidates with equal number of votes are present the Audit
Commission member will be elected based on casting ballots by the
10.8. The new member of the Audit Commission is elected for the
remaining term of the Commission member whose term has been
11. The Advisory Board
11.1. The Advisory Board composed of seven members selected by the
Council is the advisory body of the Charter. Code of Conduct of the
Advisory board is determined by a decree adopted by the Charter
Council. The Advisory Boards selects its Chairman from its own
11.2. Meetings of the Advisory Board are called by the Board
Chairman or the Charter Council based on timeline and rules
determined by the Decree.
12. The Charter Property
12.1. Assets of the Charter are composed of membership fees,
donations by members or other persons, grants, supplementary
entrepreneurial activities and other revenues received in legally
12.1. Assets of the Charter may only be used for the purposes
stipulated in its Statute.
12.2. The Charter is independent in its activities regardless of
the source of financing.
13. Termination of the Charter Activities
13.1. The Charter activities shall be terminated (liquidated):
13.1.1. Based on the decision of the Charter General Assembly.
13.1.2. Based on other circumstances stipulated by law.
13.2. The process of the Charter liquidation is headed by the
13.3. After the conclusion of liquidation remaining assets will be
donated to a non-commercial legal entity of the same or similar
objectives based on the decision of the Council.