Projects / Media Development in Samtskhe-Javakheti


Media Development as Instrument for Conflict Prevention in Samtskhe-Javakheti
June 2001-October 2001

Rationale
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.

Objective
The goal of the project is to propose a strategy plan for the development of the media sector in Samtskhe-Javakheti, and bring them out of their current isolation.

Concrete project proposals for the development of media in Samtskhe-Javakheti


Results
Two fact finding missions to the region were organized

Georgian and Armenian newspapers were monitored

A workshop was organized in Akhalkalaki

A strategy plan was proposed to OSCE/HCNM

Contact
Vicken.Cheterian@cimera.org

Mandated by
OSCE/High Commissioner on National Minorities


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