Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s new organization Citizen is to offer training courses for journalists. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A non-governmental organization founded by former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is to offer training courses for journalists who work for Georgian media outlets.

In a statement on Monday, the organization, called Citizen, explained the plan, which will be its first project.

The NGO was founded by Ivanishvili on 23 January, 2014, and has as one of its priorities to develop the media. On February 4, Ivanishvili said that he will fund professional development of journalists and media monitoring programs.

On Monday, the organization offers media outlets to train their journalists. Everyone can participate in the project.

“Even though the organization has its own opinion about in what fields training is most important, we think that it’s necessary to get additional information from heads of media outlets, what they consider important and need their journalist to increase awareness about,” Citizen’s statement says.

Representatives of Citizen say a specific date and topics for the training courses are not determined yet. First they need to determine the needs of the media outlets. The number of outlets is not limited. The budget is also not determined yet. The courses will be conducted by local and international specialists.