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Adolescents and Media

It is more than 15 years more than 20 TV channels and cable networks in Georgia are broadcasting films and programs not suitable for children (violence, sex and drug addiction) any time of day. Broadcasters do not pay attention to our complaints and even to protest actions. This happens in situation, where in Georgia exist special law for ?Protection of Minors?, ?Broadcasting Law? and agency for monitoring TV Broadcasters - National Communication Commission.

Only in 2004 under the pressure of some NGO-s system of film categorization was introduced on some TV-channels and one TV-broadcaster was fined by National Broadcasting Commission, but most of channels continued broadcasting adult programs and their trailers during day time. One example - you can watch trailer of a horror film with scenes of torture and parallel text ?there exists a place, where all your dreams become true, you can abuse, torture and kill there? or scene of killing from film about mafia with comments ?who will do a mistake, must be killed.. (shooting on the scene), killed well ..(more shots), killed up to the end .. (extra shots), killed finally (final shots)?. Commission do not paid attention to our complaints in all cases and trailers were showed all day long day during one month.

After introduction of Broadcasting Law in 2004 all our complaints to National Broadcasting Commission were returned during two years with an argument that Broadcasters code of conduct do not exists and Commission even cannot discuss complaint. Beginning from May 2006 we asked several times Commission according the Broadcasting Law to include us in consultation process on Code of Conduct, different NGO-s offered their comments and proposals for inclusion in Code, but without result. Finally the draft version was published which have not included NGO proposals and when the stakeholders including interested NGO-s gathered for public discussion on 19 December, suddenly it was postponed to February 2007.

After some days Commission initiated in Parliament changes in laws of ?Broadcasting? and ?Protection of Minors?. These changes exclude Code of Conduct from the text of more than 4 articles of Broadcasting Law and forbid to write the complaint to Commission and Courts, consumers can write only to broadcaster. Changes in Broadcasting Law also forbid writing complaint to Commission and Courts, if consumer is not satisfied with broadcaster?s negative response in cases of violations of Law ?Protection of Minors? and right to reply. All sanctions and fines by National Broadcasting Commission for violations of Law on ?Protection of Minors? and violation of Code of Conduct were excluded. Introduction of Code of Conduct was postponed to June 2007. All these changes were introduced to Parliament without any publicity to interested NGO-s and even to experts. Violation of law ?Protection of Minors? continues on several channels and we think that new changes mean that broadcasters will violate law more often.

So we think that these changes are violation of consumer and human rights. As we know you and Council of Europe were involved in process of consultation on broadcasting law and Code of Conduct. So we are interested are European policies for protection of minors in consensus with changes in our laws of ?Broadcasting? and ?Protection of Minors? and practice of Georgian Broadcasting Commission.

We wonder if there exists any public body in Europe which we can ask to help to protect our children and adolescents.

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Caucasus Zone Green 2005

"Keep the forest for children, you are the guardian, this is your obligation!"

Georgian saying 

Caucasus Zone Green is an annual "Environmental Protection Festival" held throughout the month of June in the Caucasus region organized by Women AID International. The aims to increase public awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and risks and disseminate information.

It provides for organizations and individuals to express their concerns about the environmental activities and to facilitate information exchange and collaboration between all sectors of civil society, promoting environmental stewardship values.

 

Caucasian 16 days

Action against sexual harassment took place from 25 November - 10 December with the help of Women AID International co-ordination centre. Club "Iberiana" joins the action. It is a pity there are women in our country, housewives among them who undergo violence either at home on in the society. It is necessary to put in the law the principles of equal rights between men and women.

 

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Caucasus Zone Green 2004

 

Round Table "Environment and Health" - 18 June

     

     

Sporting Action "Healthy way of life " - 26 June

       

 

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