President Zurabishvili at Summit for Democracy: polarisation, hate speech undermine democratic processes in Georgia

She pledged to initiate an ‘inclusive  process' and a national conversation in order to ‘achieve a shared understanding of recent history, to help healing the pains and move forward.’ Photo: President's administration., 10 Dec 2021 - 21:15, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has addressed the virtual Summit for Democracy organised by US President Joe Biden and stated that significant threats undermine the progress achieved internally including polarisation, fake news and hate speech which ‘not only fuel internal divisions, but also undermine democratic processes’ in the country.

She also discussed various other challenges that ‘democracies across the globe’ are facing such as occupation, unresolved conflicts, cyber-attacks, disinformation and Covid pandemic. 

New threats like the Covid pandemic have also been challenging the ability of democracies to find the right balance between protecting the health of society and preserving individual freedoms,” said Zurabishvili.