Supporting Decrease of Media Polarization in Georgia and V4 States

The team of Strategic Analysis supports Georgian Institute of Politics with the new project „Supporting Decrease of Media Polarization in Georgia and V4 States“with the financial support of the International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

The project aims to mitigate deepening media polarization in support of voters’ informed decision-making in Georgia and V4 states by assessing internal and external political factors that stimulate polarization after the start of the war in Ukraine, as well as by promoting dialogue and experience exchange between media and civil society of Georgia and V4 States.

The project proposal focuses on the critical challenges of media polarization and responds to questions about how to cope with increasing pressure and make media more accountable. The project also aims to distinguish the mechanisms to mitigate polarization in the media and find how media can facilitate political debate to help voters make informed decisions based on the best practices. Under the scope of the project, partner organizations will:

  • Develop a joint policy paper assessing the media polarization in Georgia, sharing the experiences of the V4 states;
  • Organize an online public discussion together with Georgian and V4 media representatives about the domestic and international issues boosting polarisation in target states;
  • Organize at least closed briefings for the media producers, editors and the leads of the political TV shows, and representatives of the radio, printing and online press agencies;
  • Hold the final presentation of the research findings and the study trip results’
  • Create multimedia video products with the Georgian and V4 state journalists about one internal and one external political issue that polarises the media and society.

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Project Activities

Public Discussion: Analysing Polarization in Georgia and V4 States: Domestic and External Factors, September 29, 2023

On September 29, 2023, our President and Founder – Mr. Jan Cingel,  contributed to the Online Public Discussion about Analyzing Polarization in Georgia and V4 states.

The virtual discussion was held under the project “Supporting Decrease of Media Polarization in Georgia and V4 States.” supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

The project aims to mitigate deepening media polarization in support of voters’ informed decision-making in Georgia and V4 states.

The media landscape is highly polarized in Georgia and V4 states. There is a lack of media agencies without political affiliations in these states. Media is responsible for polarizing societies since they do not allow the public to make an informed choice due to the one-sided broadcasting tradition that they follow. This has a negative impact on democracy and makes electoral decision-making difficult. Moreover, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the developments have dominated the media agenda, and the political situation has become more sensitive for society. If previously the polarization was mainly related to domestic political developments, foreign policy also became a matter of polarization after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, especially in Georgia and some of the V4 states.

Therefore, the aim of the public discussion is to respond to the following questions:

  • What are the key domestic and external stimulators of media polarization in Georgia and V4 states?
    How does media polarization in Georgia and V4 states influence the political processes?
  • What could be the role of media in reducing societal and political polarization based on best international practices?
  • The virtual discussion is held under the project “Supporting Decrease of Media Polarization in Georgia and V4 States.” The action aims to mitigate deepening media polarization in support of voters’ informed decision-making in Georgia and V4 states.

The speakers of the discussion:

Moderator of the discussion: Rayhan Demytrie, Correspondent, BBC News

Kick-off Coordination Meeting, June 2, 2023

The official kick-off coordination meeting of participating organizations was organized on June 2, 2023, via video conference with the aim of fine-tuning and approving the project timeline and selection criteria for participants and team coordinators.

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