The following report aims to assess the media environment during the 2021 local regional
government elections and the pre-election period (August 3 to October 30). The
methodology includes identification of key challenges and the formation of
subsequent recommendations. It also highlights critical cases that occurred
before the pre-election period that had a significant impact on the media environment
formation. The document contains updates on media entities’ ongoing election
disputes with the Communications Commission and Tbilisi City Court.
consists of five thematic chapters as well as relevant recommendations.
chapter reviews the major political and legal developments that took place in
the run-up to the elections that significantly impacted the media environment. The
subsequent chapter offers key data on the results of pre-election media
monitoring conducted by various actors. Chapter 3 is dedicated to the
assessment of challenges identified during election day (Round I), and Chapter
4 describes the important events that took place between the first and second
rounds of the elections. The final chapter provides a detailed overview of the
shortcomings identified on election day (Round II) and is followed by a section
that outlines recommendations developed by the Coalition in response to the
was prepared using various tools. It relies on the study and analysis of
existing legislation, publicly available research papers, and open-source
materials. Methods include:
- Fact finding:
Studying open-source video, audio, and print materials.
- Evaluation of pre-election media
monitoring reports: Analysis and evaluation of the
results of media monitoring conducted by various actors in the first and second
rounds of the 2021 local self-government elections.
- Analysis of legislation: Analysis
of the legislative norms regulating the work of the media during the
pre-election and election period.