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Georgia - September 2022

Investigative agencies granted broad surveillance power

The Georgian Parliament voted to overrule President Salome Zurabishvili’s veto and pass a controversial surveillance bill criticized by the political opposition, the US Embassy, the Venice Commission, and local non-governmental organizations. The bill removes much oversight and grants investigative agencies broad leeway to conduct covert surveillance, despite Georgia’s troubled history with widespread surveillance and wiretapping of private citizens, journalists, and opposition politicians. 

Sources: OC Media, OCCRP 

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