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Georgia’s Response to Covid-19
Georgia’s Response to Covid-19

Author(s): Gogita Ghvedashvili
Subject(s): Media studies, Government/Political systems, Security and defense, Politics and communication, Health and medicine and law
Published by: NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence
Keywords: Georgia; COVID-19 pandemic; behavioral adaptation; information channels in Georgia; security and preventive measures;
Summary/Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge facing the world today. It has triggered global economic and political crises and produced an oversaturated information environment marred by disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theories that sow discord, divide societies, and undermine public trust in governments’ COVID-19 responses. The following case study analyses Georgia’s information environment during the first wave of the pandemic. Specifically, it describes and evaluates the country’s main information flows and communicators, including the Government of Georgia, Georgian health experts and scientists, Georgian media, the Georgian Orthodox Church, and Russia, during the period from January to August 2020. The case study is based on open-source information, including reports from different state and public institutions, and quantitative and qualitative research conducted by trusted local and international organisations.

  • Page Range: 93-108
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English