About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Second Reading Discussion of Draft on Media Ownership Postponed
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 17 Dec.'10 / 12:12

Lawmakers decided on December 17 to postpone discussion of and voting on draft law on media ownership transparency with second reading for February, 2011, citing the need to continue consultations on the matter.

“I hope we will be able to achieve agreement on many issues, including on financial transparency… I think it will be logical to postpone discussion of the draft with its second reading,” MP Levan Vepkhvadze from Christian-Democratic Movement said at the parliamentary session on December 17.

MP Akaki Minashvili from the ruling party agreed and said that active consultations were ongoing with all the stakeholders and “the cooperation is already very productive.”

“But there are some issues which need to be agreed,” he added.

One of the key issues on which ongoing consultations are focused involves financial transparency of the broadcasters. The ruling party-proposed draft does not envisage a provision, which would enable a detailed tracking of financial resources and funding of the broadcasters – requirement actively pushed by a group of legal and media experts.

As a result of consultations with civil society groups it was already made possible to impose an outright ban on ownership of broadcasters by offshore-registered firms. The initial draft allowed offshore firms to own maximum of 10% of shares in broadcasters, but the ruling party agreed to remove this provision and the draft, passed with first reading on December 7, imposes an outright ban for offshore-registered firms to own shares in broadcasters.

Another reason cited by lawmakers behind the postponement is to study recommendations received on the draft by OSCE’s Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media.

Ruling party lawmakers said that they were ready to take into consideration some of those recommendations.

One of the recommendations says that amendments to the law on broadcasting should be made in “a manner so as not to stipulate new requirements for existing licence holders during an ongoing licence period, as this could violate the principle of legal certainty.”

If this recommendation is taken into consideration it will mean that the main principle behind the draft, which is to make ownership of major TV companies in Georgia transparent, may be postponed for years, before their current broadcast license expires. Judging from remarks of Parliamentary Chairman, Davit Bakradze, it is not likely that the lawmakers will take this recommendation into consideration.

“Because of high public interest towards the matter, this law should also apply” to existing broadcast license holders, Bakradze said at the parliamentary session on December 17.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2019, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
38