On February 25, 2012 Mr. Guga Sulkhanishili conducted a seminar on Mass Media for the local community leaders, civil society, media, and government representatives of the region at the regional Public Policy Unit (PPU) of GFSIS in Akhalkalaki, Samtskhe-Javakheti. Mr. Sulkhanishili is a lecturer at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and Ilia State University. He introduced the term media to the participants, spoke about the role and significance of the media within society, and outlined its main characteristics in an authoritarian country as well as in Georgia.
The presentation was held under the project National Integration and Tolerance in Georgia. The aim of the project is to forge a common understanding and vision of the Georgian state among the citizens of Georgia despite their ethnic origin and to promote a national integration process in line with the principles of modern, democratic state. The project is divided into three components and is implemented at the GFSIS PPU in Akhalkalaki. The training was part of the project’s second component, which comprises a number of seminars on nationwide issues.