The government is trying to impose censorship on the country and restrict political parties" freedom of expression, - the opposition estimates proposed changes to the Electoral Code for the 2020 parliamentary elections.
One of the leaders of the "United National Movement," Tina Bokuchava, said that the initiative presented by the ruling party makes opposition to face serious problems for the 2020 parliamentary elections.
"The government is trying to impose censorship on the country and to restrict political parties" freedom of expression as well as broadcasters because they are in the content of advertising. It is no longer possible for political parties to use anti-advertisement against their opponents, which is a direct attack on free speech. All the regulatory bodies are controlled by them and obviously they will act when it comes to criticizing the opposition from the authorities,” - Bokuchava said.
The former member of the ruling party, Eka Beselia has also criticized the changes initiated by the parliamentary majority.
"It is not clear what is hate speech and what kind of intervention can be considered. That is why leaving this record unexplained is ambiguous, very discretionary, so it is dangerous and should be changed,” - Beselia sais.
Iago Khvichia, the chairman of the New Political Center - Girchi, also believes that freedom of expression of political parties and media is restricted.