Media Development as Instrument for Conflict Prevention in Samtskhe-Javakheti
June 2001-October 2001
Media coverage on the situation in he Samtskhe-Javakheti, a region in southern Georgia with important ethnic Armenian population, has often led to increase in tension around the region. Whether news sources in the Armenian, Georgian or the Russian media, they often remained one-sided, politically motivated, and lacking first hand information and experience from the region concerned.
The inhabitants of the region itself is isolated, and lacks resources, and have no capacity to voice their own concerns. Local representatives lack experience in dialogue and negotiations, and while voicing often justified local concerns, whether concerning social, economic or political issues, their declarations are formulated in clumsy ways. Media sources from outside the region concerned magnifies such declarations, and adds to the existing tensions.