Training about verification of fake information was conducted on
June 23-24 for 13 journalists. Professor of GIPA Anna Keshelashvili
provided information how propaganda and misinformation works.
Participants learnt various tools to verify photo, video or
content, discussed how to work with maps and metadata and check
users’ profiles. Sessions were followed by exercises.
On May 5-6 the first training on secret
recording and confidential sources was held and attended by 21
journalists. Rule of Law Direction Head at Institute of Development
Freedom of Information (IDFI) Giorgi Beraia lead the first day of
the training. He discussed European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
Standards regarding secret recording and protection of journalists'
sources from disclosure. Next day investigative journalist Giorgi
Mgeladze provided overview Georgian legislation and ethical
standards on ways of obtaining and spreading documents of criminal
cases, secret audio/video recording by journalist and working with
On February 24-25, the Charter conducted a training about Conflict
Sensitive Reporting for 13 journalists. Long-time reporter of
RFE/RL Goga Aptsiauri specializing in this area led the training.
At the training the participants have learned how conflicts start
and what causes them to inflame, discussed conflicts related to
information, interests, and values. Using specific examples, they
talked about how stereotypes fuel conflicts, and discuss ethical
dilemmas – patriotic journalism, civic activism, impartial
reporting. The trainer provided overview of conflicts in Georgia
and discussed role of media in this process. In Prague, in 2009,
Aptsiauri received RFE/RL David Burke second award for 2008 August
war reporting. In 2014, he was awarded EUMM Special Prize for Peace
Journalism in Georgia.