What is behind the recent protests in Georgia? | Inside Story

A bill making its way through Georgia's parliament has led to protests and anger. The so-called 'foreign agents' proposed law would require NGOs and media outlets with more than 20% of foreign funding – to register with the state. The Georgian government insists this will bring more transparency to foreign influence in the former Soviet republic. But opponents say it's a way to crack down on critics and control the media. So, what is behind the draft legislation? And if it becomes law, how will it affect Georgia's relationship with the West, and its EU membership ambitions? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Maximilian Hess – a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Helen Khoshtaria – Politician and Founder of the Georgian opposition party, Droa. Donnacha Ó Beacháin – Author and Professor of Post-Soviet politics at Dublin City University. Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #Georgia #GeorgiaProtests #GeorgiaForeignAgentLaw #GeorgianMedia
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