Complaint of MDF and TDI Against Rezonansi Newspaper
On 5 April Media Development Foundation, MDF, and Tolerance and Diversity Institute, TDI, lodged a complaint to the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics against the article headlined “The Hollywood stars who hate homosexuals” published by Rezonansi newspaper on 12 March.
MDF and TDI argue that the headline promotes hatred towards the LGBT persons and breaches Article 7 of Charter of Journalistic Ethics, on unacceptability of discrimination. According to the complaint, the newspaper also violated Article 1 (Accuracy) of the Charter since the headline does not fully correspond to the content of the article which provides opinions of those who defend LGBT rights or whose attitudes towards LGBT groups could not be regarded as the expression of hate.
On 11 April the Charter of Journalistic Ethics accepted the complaint for consideration.