EU, UNDP election media monitoring report: media polarization growing in run-up to elections

The research covers 43 different media outlets, including 12 television stations, 10 radio stations, eight print newspapers and 13 online editions. Photo:, 29 Oct 2020 - 15:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

Media polarisation is growing in Georgia and reporting is becoming less balanced as voting day for the parliamentary elections approaches, says the second interim election media monitoring report of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The monitoring revealed that the polarisation of TV news programmes is even more intense than during the first reporting period; that instances of negative coverage and defamation of the opposition by pro-government TV channels increased sharply; and that TV stations that are critical of the Government increased their negative tone towards the ruling team and the government,“ says the report.