Member Organizations of No to Phobia Civil Platform File a Complaint against Maestro TV
A group of civil society organizations, among them Media
Development Foundation, Equality Movement, Tolerance and Diversity
Institute, Georgian Democracy Initiative and Baltic to Black See
Alliance Georgia, united under the civil platform No to Phobia, filed a
complaint with the Maestro TV self-regulatory body on November 2. The
group accuses Magda Anikashvili, anchor of Maestro TV’s October 27 news
program, of making comments encouraging homophobia during the interview
with Vice President of the Georgian Football Federation, Nika Jkarkava.
The signatory organizations claim that in the course of the
interview, the anchor of the news program made multiple attempts to
depict the fact of expressing solidarity by Georgian football player,
Guram Kashia towards LGBT community in a negative context. By this,
Maestro TV violated Articles 31 and 32 of the Code of Conduct for
Broadcasters, which define the principles and rules of diversity,
equality and tolerance.
In the claimants’ opinion, it is a serious problem, when a media
representative describes the act of civic solidarity expressed by
Georgian football player towards the most vulnerable groups of the
society as "imposing his own opinions” on his fans. Moreover, it
represents a part of propagandistic narrative, according to which open
support for the community by LGBT people and activists is described as
propaganda and threat.
The member organizations of the No to Phobia civil platform call on
the Maestro TV self-regulatory body to study the issue and hold a
discussion on violation of Articles 31 and 32 of the Code of Conduct for
Broadcasters by the program anchor, Magda Anikashvili.
See full version of the lawsuit