Today, on May 3, the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day. Georgian Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili congratulated the country’s media outlets and journalists.
He noted that a free and independent press based on true values and professionalism is one of the key features defining the democracy of any country, and added Georgian media has “come a long way” since regaining independence, having endured many challenges, intimidation, and pressure.
“Provision of an enabling environment for independent press has been among our prime goals from the day our political team came to power. It has been the aim of numerous reforms that we carried out. The Georgian media landscape is today pluralistic and free. Every condition is created for boosting journalism and its further development. Georgia is a leader of the region in the World Press Freedom Index and it is ahead of a number of EU member states. It is a great merit of the authorities and society, manifesting in a huge gain for the entire country. Our authorities aspire to facilitate further development of press freedom in the country,” noted Garibashvili.