The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics has filed a complaint
regarding two materials prepared by Russian and Azerbaijani media
to the Consultation Committee, which was created in order to fight
against propaganda. The Commission was staffed with self-regulation
council representatives from following countries – Georgia,
Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia and Russia. The goal of the
committee was to battle propaganda.
Against Russian mir24.tv
Charter’s first complaint addressed the materials published by
mir24.tv, which informs, that because of inability of Georgian
government to provide water and electricity, Georgian man has
placed a bath in the city, as a form of a protest. In reality, this
was a performance, that was covered by “Liberali”. The respondent
states in the interview, that “The water is warm, I’ll now add cold
water and lay in it again”. Mir24 translated his words as “I’m hot.
It’s +35 degrees in my house and I can’t turn on the air
conditioner because I don’t have electricity”.
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics deemed that the
journalist used manipulation with political reasons. The material
is propaganda, this is further proved by the fact, that the
creators of this journalistic product are purposely falsifying the
facts, in order to convey to the audience, that the social
background in Georgia is very tough and that because of the
Government’s inaction the population was left without water and
electricity supply for days, which in turn made the population take
baths publicly, in order to attract the Government’s attention.
It is clear, that the goal of creator of this journalistic product
was to insult the image of a neighboring country, to demonstrate it
as a country, that cannot provide basic living conditions to the
population of its capital city.
Against Azerbaijani haqqin.az
Web-site haqqin.az has published a material “Anti-Azerbaijani
underground movement in Tbilisi: Reveal, money, instructions”. The
article evaluates the so called “Colorful revolutions” in Georgia
and Ukraine, the base of which were economic problems and low
living standards, as a result of “western hegemony”, in turn the
western hegemony is evaluated as a hazard, that causes
destabilization. The article also notes, that Mikheil Saakashvili
and organization “Kmara” were supporting destabilization of
Azerbaijan, but Ilham Aliev managed to neutralize the Georgian
The article supports one of the main messages of anti-western
propaganda – that behind the “Western conspiracy”/”Western
hegemony” stood George Soros and non-governmental organization
affiliated with him. It also states, that Tbilisi has harbored the
Azerbaijani revolutionary organizations, that were planning to
cause civil confrontation. The article also mentions Azerbaijani
journalist Fagan Mukhtarli, who was kidnapped from Georgia. He was
accused of affiliating with organizations who were has “hostile”
attitude against Azerbaijan.
The Georgian Journalistic Charter deems, that the material intends
to cause hostile attitudes between two countries, as it placates
Georgia as a country that has hostile intentions towards
Azerbaijan, where anti-Azerbaijani actions and civil wars are being
planned. None of the facts mentioned in the article have been
verified against any source, that causes a doubt, that they’re
mostly false and a result of the journalist’s imagination. "The
West” and the NGO-s supported by the west are described as enemies,
that cause the destabilization of countries.
The self-regulation council committee against propaganda was formed
with support from European Union. The representatives of Councils
have accepted the Way of case administration in 2016. Thanks to the
committee, any citizen can file a complaint if they think that the
media of any member country is using manipulation or hate-speech.
Any member self-regulation body has a representative in the
committee. The Charter, who is also a member of the committee, is
represented by Maia Metskhvarishvili. Complaint of Georgian Charter
of Journalistic Ethics is the first, which the committee will
review in recent history.