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Georgia and the EU declaration on media freedom

2012-05-05 16:28

Georgia has acceded to the declaration, announced by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day.

As reported by the News-Georgia with reference to the Foreign Ministry, Georgia has acceded to the declaration, announced by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day.

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"Georgia fully shares and supports the provisions of the declaration ​​on behalf of the EU in connection with World Press Freedom Day which is celebrated annually on May 3, based on the decision of the UN General Assembly, adopted in 1993", said in a statement by the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

In particular, the EU's declaration states that "freedom of expression, enshrined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, provides the right of everyone to freely adhere opinions and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers".

The EU High Representative stated, "censorship and harassment of editors, writers, journalists and bloggers are not acceptable, as well as the application of violence and arrests initiated by the state".

Further, the Declaration states, "the EU appreciates the dedicated work of journalists, who often continue to report independent information in very dangerous conditions. The EU calls upon all the states to guarantee the safety of journalists and allow them to fulfill their important role, which consists of informing and commenting on events in an independent manner, without fear of violence and accusations".

"Freedom of expression extends to the Internet and other media: the European Union is opposed to any undue use of media or disproportionate restriction of access to them", Ashton declared the document.

Recall, in Georgia, in connection with the World Press Freedom Day there was declared the first EU contest for awarding journalists devoted to their profession. This was reported by the head of the EU mission in Georgia, Ambassador Philip Dimitrov, at a press conference in Tbilisi.

"The contest "Prize of the European Union in journalism" was declared on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on the eve, on May 3. Through this contest, we support the freedom of the media and the development of the EU's values and professional standards", Dimitrov said.

There will be three prize categories - best article or reportage in investigative journalism, the best TV or radio reportage and the best website/blog/social network.

"The winners will get recognition first of all, as well as money prize. In this case, recognition would be much more important than the financial rewards", Dimitrov said.

The winners will be selected by the jury, which include the head of the EU mission in Georgia and three people from the Georgian side, whose names will be announced after the contest.

 

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