Georgia’s democratic future at stake

  • Mariam Patsatsia

Russian-style ‘foreign agents’ bill threatens civil society and independent media.

On 3 April 2024, Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream party revived the controversial ‘Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence’, which labels independent media and civil society groups as foreign agents. The move, coming just over a year after initial proposals were dropped in the face of a massive public outcry, has sparked widespread protests once again. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in near-daily demonstrations outside the parliament building in Tbilisi, despite facing threats, intimidation, and violent responses from the police involving the use of pepper spray, water cannons, and rubber bullets.