• 15 May 2024

Georgia witnessed massive protests as the parliament passes the controversial foreign influence bill, sparking concerns about stifling dissent and jeopardizing EU aspirations.

  • Demonstrators marched through European Square in Tbilisi, expressing dissent against the law.
  • The bill requires NGOs and media receiving over 20% foreign funding to register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign power.”
  • Concerns arise over potential government misuse of the law to suppress critics.
  • EU warns that the bill threatens Georgia’s chances of joining the bloc.
  • Opposition likens the bill to Russian legislation targeting independent media and civil society.
  • Despite widespread criticism, Georgian Prime Minister pledges to proceed with the law, citing transparency and sovereignty protection.