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NGOs appeal to the Prime Minister

In September of 2011 Georgia joined the international initiative Open Government Partnership OGP, initiated by the president to the USA Barack Obama. The Open Government Partnership is a very important platform for developing the openness, accountability and transparency of the government, as well as enhancing citizen engagement, innovations and technologies through government-society cooperation. There are 60 countries in OGP. In April of 2012 Georgian government presented

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Working on the Georgia’s New Law on Freedom of Information is in Progress

Ministry of Justice of Georgia in cooperation with the Open Society Georgia Foundation and engagement of experts and non-governmental organizations has commenced working on elaborating the separate law on freedom of information. The freedom of information draft law was discussed by the experts on the February 13 meeting held in Courtyard Marriot. The new law intends to unite all the freedom of information regulating normative acts in one law which will establish the new standard

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OGP published IRM Report Regarding Georgia

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has officially published the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) reports of implementation of the Action Plan of Georgia of the so called second cohort countries (i.e. countries that joined OGP in April 2012). Among these was the report regarding Georgia, written by an independent expert from Transparency International – Georgia, Lasha Gogidze.

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Digital Broadcasting Switchover Strategy - Preconditions of Formation Better Media Environment

On February 7, 2014, the government of Georgia approved an “Action Plan and Recommendations for Switchover to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting”. Drafting of the final document was preceded by a long process of negotiations between governmental bodies and NGO-s concerning main components of the action plan, technical standards and legislative regulations connected to the digital switchover.

 

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Open Government Partnership Georgia Second Forum

On February 5th Ministry of Justice hosted the second Forum of Open Government Partnership (OGP).

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Statistics of Internet Users in Georgia - 2013

Technological platforms utilized for internet services are still considered as a growing technology in Georgia. On the one hand, our country is one of the regional leaders in terms of development of e-governance. However, on the other hand, Georgia has not overcome so called digital gap uneven development of internet accessibility between cities and regions. It is noteworthy that according to International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for informati

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IDFI’s Russian Partner Organization FIF was declared as a foreign agent

Prosecutors office evaluated the activities of IDFIs Russian Partner - Freedom of Information Foundation (St. Petersburg) as political activity and requested the elimination of violations of the law of non-profit organizations. Statement of the foundation regarding this issue was published on the web-site of organization on January 28 (www.svobodainfo.org). On January 27, 2014 Freedom of Information Foundation received the prosecutors supervisory act from the Central Prosecutors Office of

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STATEMENT OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP GEORGIAN CIVIL SOCIETY NATIONAL PLATFORM ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN UKRAINE

The civil society of Georgia is deeply concerned about the tragic events going on in Ukraine. We express our sincere condolences over those killed during the latest events. For the past two months, the Ukrainian government has been neglecting peoples legitimate and peaceful demands. Moreover, the government adopted the draconian laws restricting civil rights of citizens thus provoking protesters and contributing to escalating mass tensio

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IDFI hosted the delegation of experts from Tajikistan working on the anticorruption strategy

Photo album A delegation of experts from Tajikistan working on the anticorruption strategy visited Tbilisi on 16-19 January. The event was organized by Open Society Foundation of Tajikistan and the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). The purpose of the visit was to familiarize themselves with the reforms for the purpose of overcoming corruption, the anticorruption strategy and new projects of Georgia, and to share experience in this field. The Tajikistan d

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Criminal Statistics in Tbilisi (2010-2013)

As you know, the criminal statistical data published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia in 2012 was not presented according to the types of criminal acts. Despite numerous attempts of IDFI, he Ministry did not make the mentioned data public. On 6th December 2012 IDFI once again addressed the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request for the criminal statistics from Tbilisi for 2012 and the 11 months of 2013, according to the following types of criminal acts: Premeditate

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