Georgia's Controversial Foreign Agents Bill Signed into Law Despite Protests

The speaker of Georgia's parliament endorsed a controversial 'foreign agents' bill that critics argue will restrict media freedom and harm Georgia's EU prospects. Despite President Salome Zourabichvili's veto, the ruling Georgian Dream party pushed the bill into law. It mandates certain groups to register as foreign agents if over 20% of their funding is from abroad.

PTI | Tbilisi | Updated: 03-06-2024 13:28 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 13:28 IST
Georgia's Controversial Foreign Agents Bill Signed into Law Despite Protests
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In a contentious move, the Speaker of Georgia's parliament has officially endorsed a 'foreign agents' bill that has sparked weeks of protests, with critics warning it will curb media freedom and obstruct Georgia's aspirations to join the European Union.

Shalva Papuashvili confirmed signing the bill into law after the Georgian Dream party-dominated legislature dismissed President Salome Zourabichvili's veto. The bill, initially passed by Parliament last month, mandates that media, NGOs, and other nonprofit groups register as 'pursuing the interests of a foreign power' if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad.

President Zourabichvili, increasingly at odds with the ruling party, vetoed the bill, arguing it jeopardizes Georgia's future and impedes its journey towards becoming a full member of the free and democratic world.

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