Georgian Press Association Introduces Legislative Initiative to the Parliament
April 23, 2010
Members of the Georgian Press Association will introduce legislative initiative to the parliament to ensure freedom and transparency of printed media next week. On April 23, the director of the association and editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Resonance” Lasha Tughushi said at the press-conference that one main and three related draft-laws are prepared.
“Today, the main problem is distribution of the press. The problems were more or less connected with the legislation; in several cases – with the political situation in the country. The regulation of the press distribution is very important. We want to submit our draft-law to the parliament in order to put an end to the endless doubts and problems of the freedom of expression and people employed in the field; among them many socially vulnerable people who earn their living by distributing the press,” said Lasha Tughushi.
He added that the draft-law aims at resolving the problems in a legal way.
“Today, there is an absolute chaos in press-distribution. If we like somebody, you can support him; as well, you can block somebody if you do not like him. The topic of payment shall be closed too like it works in the west where press is considered to be the particular product and supports the trading,” said Tughushi.
The first article of the draft-law states the aim of the law is to create corresponding environment for press distribution, to protect physical and legal entities regardless of their organizational-legal and property forms, from the possible restriction of free trading and competition.
According to Tughushi, free distribution of the printed media faced problems in 2009 after the company “WhiteDistribution” appeared on the market without wining any competition.