Cornerstone Government Affairs lands a $420K pact to provide public affairs and communications counsel in the US for Formula TV.

The objective of the DC-based firm is to advocate for the need of protection of a free and independent media in Georgia, the former Soviet state.

Freedom House reports that media freedom worsened significantly in Georgia during 2022.

“Journalist safety, censorship and surveillance attempts, discriminatory treatment of media outlets, and the silencing of government-critical voices were top concerns raised during the year,” reported the NGO.

Formula TV is 51 percent owned by Georgia’s former defense minister Davit Kezerashvili, who has been charged with plundering the Army. He has denied the allegations.

Cornerstone is to educate and inform the US public about ongoing issues related to the treatment of independent media in Georgia.

It will draft releases, develop informational materials, create online content, and arrange meetings with opinion leaders, business executives, think tanks, public policy shops and academics on behalf of the client.

Cornerstone principals TJ Tatum, Benjamin Sheidler and senior associate Lauren Hunter handle Formula TV.