Georgian Logo

USAID RULE OF LAW PROGRAM
USAID სამართლის უზენაესობის პროგრამა

Header Sponsore Logo
28 May 2024

Judicial Practice Group Considers Challenge of Discriminatory Speech and Offensive Statements in Social Media

On May 27, the Rule of Law Practice Group on Freedom of Expression met to discuss the problem of discriminatory speech and offensive statements in social media. Members of the Group, 11 judges and 5 judicial assistants, listened to Professor Jason DeSanto from Northwestern University (Illinois, US) explain aspects of U.S. First Amendment jurisprudence related to defamation, insults and threats spread online. 

Professor DeSanto explained the underlying principles of the First Amendment’s free speech, principles rooted in the concept of the “marketplace of ideas” and believed necessary for a self-governing society.

Professor DeSanto explained that although this jurisprudence was developed by the U.S. Supreme Court at the beginning of the 20th century, it still guides the US courts in deciding issues related to dissemination of information through social media. Professor DeSanto explained some of the issues related to regulation of internet and types of content-based restrictions that could be imposed on internet platforms, as well as how they compare with more traditional channels of information dissemination, such as, print, broadcasting and telecommunications.

The question of whether internet platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can be considered public forums was of particular interest to Practice Group members and led to a discussion about standards and tests for determining what a public forum is, and whether personal accounts of public officials can be considered public forums in the light of the recent US Supreme Court case of Lindke v. Freed (no. 22-611).

The Practice Group judges provided an account of the case law of the Georgian courts on similar issues, demonstrating that the Georgian courts are also grappling with the new realities brought by the technological advances and the influence of social media upon everyday life.

img

Latest News Updates

See All
img
19 Jul 2024

Respected Teacher Encourages the Teaching of Life Skills to Nation’s Youth

USAID Rule of Law Program, through its Kutaisi Rule of Law Hub, hosted a public talk on life skills young people should learn to become responsible citizens and contribute to the country’s democratic development.

See More
img
01 Apr - 30 Jun, 2024

Incorporating Human Rights into Modern Teaching Methods

From April to June 2024, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, with support from the USAID Rule of Law Program, held training sessions for schoolteachers of public schools in Zugdidi and Tbilisi.

See More
img
16 Jul 2024

GYLA Trial Monitors Report No Improvement in How the Courts Apply Measures of Restraint

Nona Kurdovanidze, GYLA Chairwoman and Tamar Oniani, Human Rights Program Director, presented the main findings of the report which summed up the results of the organization’s criminal court monitoring, conducted from August 2023 through February 2024 in the Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi City Courts.

See More

Sexual Harassment Prevention & Elimination Mechanism

LEGAL AID PROVIDERS