Criminal Defamation of Public Officials
Criminal Defamation of the Head of State
Criminal Defamation of the State and its Symbols
The Georgian Criminal Code foresees the offence of Desecration of the State Coat of Arms or of the National Flag (Art. 343). The penalty is restriction of liberty for up to two years or with imprisonment for up to two years. However, this offence is interpreted as referring to physical acts only.
Criminal Defamation of Foreign Heads of State
Criminal Defamation of Foreign States and Symbols
Criminal Defamation of the Deceased
Criminal Law and Media
Recent Legal Changes
Notes and Acknowledgements
Information for Georgia was originally collected by IPI as part of a study commissioned by the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). It is reprinted here with the permission of the OSCE.
Information on Georgia is provided with the expert assistance of Giorgi Meladze, associate professor, Ilia State University.
A fully footnoted version of this entry is available in the OSCE study. This entry was last updated in March 2017.
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