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No sex in Sakartvelo2011-08-02 12:29
Georgian mass media speak the language of hatred, as the Foundation of Media Development concludes analyzing publications in a number of newspapers and magazines of Sakartvelo. It turns out that the army of writers is too unrestrained in expressing their opinions and often resorts to direct insults. Eka Agdgomelashvili, an expert for gender issues, sees complete illiteracy and uncommon rudeness of journalists discussing sex issues in mass media.
The Media Development Foundation finds out that Georgia will have to make a long way to tolerance of the European society. It was demonstrated by the attitude of Georgian journalists to sex minorities. As part of the project "Mediamonitoring: for responsible and professional media" the Foundation carried out a research on the way sexual orientation and gender identity are covered by Sakartvelo's press.
The following newspapers - Alia, Resonansi, 24 saati, Khronika, Asaval-Dasavali, Kviris Palitra, Tabula and Tbiliselebi magazines, and a story on Freedom radio (an exception from the written selection), that like an article in Netgazeta is connected with the International anti-homophobia Day - were thoroughly studied by the experts.
As evidenced by the results, Georgia's writing community does not consider it necessary to show political correctness, tolerance or simple politeness that Europe has long been sticking to. The total amount of articles subject to analysis was 38, and only 5 of them were positively assessed by the experts. 24 articles were evaluated as negative and 9 as neutral. It is also remarked that journalists express their hatred to all minorities, not only sexual. Such newspapers as Khronika, Alia and Asaval-Dasavali are particularly good at it.
Eka Agdgomelashvili, an expert for gender issues, in charge of the study, stated: journalists openly express their negative attitude to minorities. But they are thoroughly illiterate. They mix up "clever phrases" like gender identity, sexual orientation and sexual behavior like first-grade pupils reading an algebra textbook.