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Factually: In Georgia, fact-checkers have become targets of the ruling party

Posted on AllSides August 8th, 2022
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Poorly photoshopped image of Georgian public defender Nino Lomjaria being arrested

While Georgian democracy has never flourished, fact-checkers in the country say that right now tensions are particularly high. 

Recent arrests of key figures in the opposition party, including former pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili and the director of a pro-opposition news channel Mtavari TV, have chilled public discourse, according to Georgian fact-checkers. Moreover, the Georgian ruling party developed a network of pseudonymous Facebook accounts and a “fact-checking” page targeting mostly independent media outlets, civil society organizations, and more recently, foreignambassadors. 

“They even developed their own fact-checking platform called ‘In Reality’ that discredits our work,...

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