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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
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
Zone Green 2005
"Keep the forest
for children, you are the guardian, this is your
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.
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
Zone Green 2004
"Environment and Health" - 18 June
"Healthy way of life " - 26 June