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Tens of thousands of people protested in Tbilisi, Georgia, against a proposed

Sunday, 12 May 2024 01:30:04

Germany media:

"ESC-Liveticker 2024: Aus Malmö auf die Bildschirme "-

"Die offensichtlichste Schwachstelle des öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunks "-

"Georgien: Zehntausende protestieren in Tbilissi gegen geplantes "Agenten-Gesetz" "-

Artificial intelligence commentary on cited information:

Tens of thousands of people protested in Tbilisi, Georgia, against a proposed "Agent Law" that would require organizations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as "agents of foreign influence." Critics draw parallels to similar regulations in Russia used to suppress opposition and civil society. As the final parliamentary discussions on the law approach, protesters see the potential enactment as a threat to Georgia's EU membership aspirations. With many waving EU flags alongside the Georgian flag, they worry about the country's democratic regression and international alignment, a sentiment echoed by the US national security advisor, Jake Sullivan.

Meanwhile, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 begins with live coverage of the events from Malmö, Sweden. Commentary will touch upon various contestants, with the Swiss entry "The Code" and Croatian artist Baby Lasagna mentioned as favorites by different taz correspondents. Notably, this year's contest excludes Russia and Belarus due to non-compliance with the European Broadcasting Union's standards, and the contest features 37 countries with both jury voting and televoting involved. In a separate issue just before the contest's start, Dutch candidate Joost Klein was excluded from ESC following a police investigation related to an incident after his semi-final performance.

Lastly, an article discusses the ongoing criticism of the publicly-funded broadcasting system, which some assert is financed through coercive means like fines and potentially prison. The author criticizes the system for allegedly stifling democratic discourse and suggests that the era of mandatory funding for public broadcasting should end, in favor of a freer media landscape. This echoes Germany’s past when Helmut Kohl enabled private broadcasting recognizing changes in the media industry.