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CRRC Georgia Released Its First Media Monitoring Report in 2013, Examining Television News

Publish Time 2013-07-19 12:36:00

In connection to the 2013 Presidential elections, CRRC renewed its media monitoring
within the framework of the project “Professional Media for Elections”, funded by EU
and UNDP. The monitoring covers the main evening news programs on the Channel One of the Public
Broadcaster, Adjara TV and the following private channels: Rustavi 2, Imedi, Maestro,
Kavkasia and Channel 9. This report contains the media monitoring results from May
15 until June 15, 2013.

“During the monitoring period, Channel One of the Public Broadcaster responded to
almost all the significant events taking place in the country in its 8 o’clock Moambe, and
covered social themes together with political ones. For example, Channel One was the
only one to cover a story about the demand on teaching the Chechen language at
schools in Pankisi. There was less bias observed in the news releases of the Channel
One towards any political force, which was also reflected in the quantitative data as
well in a way that the neutral tone prevailed towards main subjects, and there were no
high rates of positive or negative coverage observed there. The most negative coverage
was revealed against the United National Movement, which at some extent can be
linked to the detention of Vano Merabishvili and Zurab Chiaberashvili.

There was an attempt of equal presentation of several sides observed in the news items
on Channel One. Despite this, while providing information, the stories constructed on
dry facts were more frequent and the lack of analysis was felt.

The news report broadcasted on June 13 about the funeral of Georgian soldiers killed in
Afghanistan should be pointed out. This topic was covered by all the channels.
However, very heavy pictures, which were selected for the story, were eye-catching on
the Channel One, and this made the story contents even heavier but did not actually
provide any additional information,” – claims report.


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