On March 22nd 2021 the Venice Commission and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI) of the Council of Europe published their joint opinion on the recent amendments to the Law of Georgia on Electronic Communications concerning the appointment of a special manager.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) responds to the facts mentioned in an interview given to the “Mtavari” channel by a former employee of the State Security Service of Georgia about the illegal extraction of personal life footage.
Georgian judiciary is in a state of severe crisis, caused by years of unsuccessful, fragmented and inconsistent reforms. Over time, it became apparent that the authorities failed to show the political will to bring about tangible and consistent change, which led to the strengthening of the influential group of judges, often referred to as the "clan".
On March 15, 2021, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information held the presentation of the study - "Transparency of the Judiciary in Georgia.”
Accessibility of information on the work of the judiciary is a necessary precondition for the existence of a democratic state governed by the rule of law. Transparent justice is one of the determinants of public confidence in the courts.
On March 9, 2021, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with support from the European Union (EU), in the framework of the project - Monitoring Covid-19 related public spendings and human rights protection during the state of emergency and after - held an online discussion on the Judgement of the Constitutional Court of Georgia of February 11, 2021.
On March 5, 2021, with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia, theInstitute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and the State Inspector’s Office held the opening event of the joint project "Promoting Personal Data Protection in Georgia."
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary is concerned about the decision of the Court of Appeals against Transparency International Georgia (TIG), where the Court found the views expressed in TIG’s study defamatory.
Tbilisi City Court Fully Granted the Appeal of IDFI against Media Academy and ordered the respondent to provide public information.
On February 19, 2021, police arrested 25 people, including members of a political party, during a protest rally in front of the Georgian Parliament. Given the small number of protesters, this figure is alarmingly high.