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Georgia parliament overrides president veto of controversial ‘foreign influence’ bill

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The ruling Georgian Dream get together overrode a veto from President Salome Zourabichvili Tuesday permitting controversial “international affect” laws affecting media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the nation to turn into legislation.

The parliament overwhelmingly voted with 66 votes in favor of overriding Zourabichvili’s veto and voted with a majority of 84-4 votes in favor of the invoice, giving the president 5 days to signal the invoice or go away it to the speaker of parliament to take action.

The invoice would require NGOs and media who obtain 20 p.c or extra of their funding from exterior of Georgia to register with the federal government as “international brokers.” The requirement signifies that entities who fail to register could possibly be topic to fines and would require organizations to reveal sure data to the federal government doubtlessly compromising journalistic independence and integrity amongst media corporations within the nation.

Georgia has skilled intense protests for the reason that invoice was reintroduced this yr and approved by parliament earlier this month. The invoice was initially launched and pulled from dialogue final yr amid public outcry. Hundreds rallied within the capital of Tbilisi in opposition to the invoice in addition to in commemoration of the nation’s independence day.

The US approved visa restrictions in opposition to Georgia management in anticipation of the invoice’s approval and condemned the invoice as “Kremlin-styled” legislation meant to stifle freedom of expression and debate within the nation. The ruling Georgian Dream Get together has argued the legislation is critical to guard Georgia’s democracy from exterior affect from international powers whereas critics have argued that the invoice will preclude any probability the nation had at becoming a member of NATO.

President Zourabichvili had echoed criticism from the West calling the invoice “basically Russian” and an “impediment” to the nations “European path.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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