Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, journalists in many of the former republics of the USSR have been workign to free themselves of government control. Some have been more successful than others.
The journalists in Georgia (the country, not the state) have been one of the lucky ones. During the past few years they have worked with a number of Western organizations — including the U.S. State Department Public Diplomacy bureau — to run programs stressing independent and ethical journalism.
Now comes a formal ceremony of enacting a code of ethics. While creating a board to review how well journalists adhere to the code is not something we, in the United States, would ever accept, it is a good sign that the journalists in Georgia are concerned not only with independence from government control but also ethical behavior.
Georgian Journalists Charter of Ethics to be Signed on December 9
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