Georgia gets upgrade in index of Reporters Without Borders media rating

Reporters Without Borders’ surveys are based on a questionnaire sent to partner organisations and 130 correspondents around the world, as well as to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists. Photo: N.Alavidze/, 25 Apr 2018 - 16:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

International, non-profit organisation Reporters Without Borders, which promotes and defends freedom of information and the press, has upgraded Georgia’s freedom of press index by three points.

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index for Georgia is 61, while it was 64 in 2017.

Georgia’s media is pluralist but still very polarized. The reforms of recent years have brought improvements in media ownership transparency and satellite TV pluralism, but owners still often call the shots on editorial content,” the report reads.

The report reads that the outcome of the continuing dispute over ownership of the main national opposition TV channel, Rustavi 2, "will therefore have a big impact”.

Violence against journalists is less frequent although threats are often reported,” the organisation stated.

Reports Without Borders said that Georgia has traditionally offered refuge to dissidents from neighboring countries, "so Azerbaijani dissident journalist Afgan Mukhtarli’s abduction in Tbilisi in 2017 sent shockwaves through the exile community,” the report reads.