Strengthening of media through self-regulation

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics is an independent journalistic organization the mission of which is the enhancement of the social responsibility of the media through the protection of professional and ethical standards and the development of self-regulation mechanisms.

Core values  
  • The freedom of speech and expression- the Charter recognizes the fact that every professional right/responsibility of a journalist is based on the right of society to be informed.
  • Freedom of media- we believe that only an independent media has the ability of self-regulation.
  • Social responsibility – the Charter is accountable before every member of the organization and the entire society.
  • Transparency of activities- the Charter pursues its activities in an open and transparent way>
On December 4, 2009, 139 journalists confirmed by signature their will to observe the international norms of professional conduct, and based on the given signature became founders and members of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics. The Charter’s organizational functioning is defined by its statute, and the 11 provisions of the Charter, developed in accordance with international journalistic standards, determine the basic professional principles of every member of the organization. The Charter currently has 270 members. Within the framework of its mission the Charter of Journalistic Ethics receives/examines the facts of journalists’ violation of professional standards based on the reports submitted to the Charter; pursues educational-cognitive activities for the purpose of enhancement of journalists’ professionalism; cooperates with local and international organizations; promotes the popularization of the norms of journalistic ethics and respect towards them; carries out media monitorings, researches, and issues professional publications; lobbies the protection of journalistic rights and creation of healthy and free media environment.

Strategic development plan for 2015-2018

Based on the analysis of the given objective, existing challenges, external factors and opportunities, as well as the organization’s statute, its mission and vision, the Charter has defined the following strategic directions for the next 3 years:

  • Increase in the efficiency of the Charter’s functioning
  • Professional education of journalists, their rights, and media environment
  • Improvement of the Charter’s organizational management
  • Development of the Charter’s financial capabilities
1.Increasing the efficiency of the Charter’s functioning

1.1. Self-regulation: ensuring the efficient functioning of the Charter as a self-regulation mechanism; increasing the efficiency of the functioning of the Charter’s council.
1.2 Recognizability: intensive work to increase the recognizability of the Charter’s 11 principles and its activity, with a high level of transparency and publicity. Work with the society with respect to systemic mechanisms of interaction.
1.3. Accountability: taking care of the enhancement of media’s social responsibility through media-monitoring/researches and public response.

2. Professional education of journalists, their rights and media environment

2.1. Professional education is media literacy: promotion of the increase of journalists’ qualifications and professional growth.
2.2. Journalists’ rights and media environment: timely and adequate response on the violation of journalistic rights in various ways; advocacy of their rights and free and fair media environment.

3. Improvement of the Charter’s organizational management

3.1. Structural development: the Charter is supposed to maintain for at least the next three years the current structure and develop a human resources management system;
3.2. Strategic analysis and operational management: enhancement of transparency and democratic management within the organization, reinforcement and improvement of administrative management mechanisms.

4. Development of the Charter’s financial capabilities

4.1. Diversity of funding sources: the Charter is supposed to increase the number and diversity of funding sources, and start actively working towards ensuring additional and independent systems of income.