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Pursuant to Article 14 of the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting and the Code of Conduct of Broadcasters adopted by the Georgian National Communication Commission (GNCC) in 2009, broadcasters are obliged to establish an efficient complains mechanism for considering customers’ complaints.

If  a broadcaster breaches the Code of Conduct, apply to us through filling out a provided questionnaire and the Media Development Foundation, MDF will present your complaint in a broadcaster's self-regulation body.
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Posted on: 14 Jul 2014

Joint Statement of Non-governmental Organizations Concerning Sexist Fragment of TV Program on GDS TV

We would like to react to a fragment from the TV program "Bina -18," aired by GDS TV Studio on July 9, which contained humiliating visualization of a female body. We believe that aforementioned footage represents openly sexist interpretation of roles of women and men in society and further reinforces negative stereotypes among the society. Therefore, this fragment requires adequate assessment.

 

No doubt that the freedom of expression implies the right to express any idea and opinion; however legal guarantees of the freedom of speech and expression do not relieve media from responsibilities and duties inherent to this profession.

 

In modern society media has an immense potential to facilitate social changes. It is able to either hinder or hasten the structural changes towards gender equality. In the cultural context wherein women often become victims of sexist attitudes and stereotypes, the presentation of a female as an object by TV channel and thus strengthen traditional perception of the roles of men and women, is totally unacceptable.

 

We believe that for the TV Company which has the ambition to practice responsible and not tabloid journalism, planning to produce social and political programs in the future, broadcast of sexist content encouraging gender inequality should be unacceptable. Public attitude towards the GDS TV Company will largely depend on how adequately the editorial board will reconsider the case and how the public criticism of the program will affect the future editorial policy of the company. A modern understanding of the role of media is much broader than it being perceived as a mere business project. We hope that the GDS will be more focused on media's social responsibility than its commercial interest. This means being accountable to every social group and reflecting their needs and interests.

 

Media Development Fund

 

Georgian Democratic Initiative

 

Tolerance and Diversity Institute

 

Article 42 of the Constitution

 

Human Rights Monitoring and Education Center

 

Sapari

 

Media club Frontline Georgia

 

Rusudan Gotsiridze, Bishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church

 

Georgian Church of Evangelical Faith

 

Open Society-Georgia

 

Gender Equality

 

Society for Positive Changes

 

Women Information Center

 

TASO foundation

 

Women's Fund in Georgia

 

National Violence Protection Center

 

Gender Equality Network

 

Georgian Young Lawyers Association

 

Georgian Regional Media Association

 

Association Tolerance

 

Civil Council on Defense and Security

 

Georgian Institute of European Values, GIEV

 

Partnership for Human Rights, PHP

 

Civil Development Agency, CIDA

 

Association of Germans of Georgia Ainung

 

Media Monitoring Center of Georgia

 

International Center of Women's Education and Information

 

Identoba

 

Association LGBT Georgia

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