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2008-07-14
Media Crackdown Means Ordinary Citizens are Hostages of Georgian Government
Georgians have become accustomed to surprises. Each and every day in Georgia starts out with stories of somebody’s property being illegally taken or how some families were expelled from their homes. It is also common to hear stories about TV Companies or individual TV programs being closed down or changed in its programming direction. The Georgian government is getting rid of everything that creates some obstacle in its way.

2008-07-08
Government Targets Kavkasia and Terrorism of Business Continues
TV-company Kavkasia has only one way left, which is to ask for financial assistance in order to survive and to continue its existence and supported by the station’s viewing audience. The government has not left any other option for the struggling TV-company: businesspersons who used to air their ads on Kavkasia have been since invited to Financial Police and pressure applied. Demands have been made for them to stop advertising their businesses via this TV-company.

2008-07-02
Political Funding for Georgian TV Companies
I doubt media will be supported in the future; the freedom of expression will be further restricted; newspapers and TV Company “Kavkasia” will encounter additional problems.”
“Everything depends how skilled and strong media sources stand. I do not know what they are planning but I know what I am going to do,” said journalists Ia Antadze and Nino Jangirashvili after news program of the TV Company “Mze” was taken off the air. Although the TV Company was often blamed for partiality, the closure of the news programs made the situation even tenser.


2008-06-25
Ambiguous Fate of TV Program “7 Days”
Contracts with journalists were ceased earlier and the reason was outstanding debts.

“Every Sunday at 9:00 PM independent studio “Akhali Droeba” on behalf of Georgian Public Broadcasting represents weekly TV program “7 Days”- the announcement can be stated in the past now because Company GTV, under umbrella of the TBC TV, which is  the sponsor of the journalists’ team that produced “7 Days. It appears that the contact has been cancelled or ceased to operate, and this was an unexpected event. The production team was expecting grants in nearest future, which would have allowed the TV program to have worked independently. The expected funding would have covered at least at 90% of cost as of September. However, the overall situation was unacceptable for the Georgian government, and this may have been a contributing factor for production to suddenly stop.

2008-06-06
Five Journalists Assaulted in One Day
The CEC accredited journalists together with the independent observers and the represeintatives of the oppositional parties were beaten on May 21, 2008 Election Day in Kakheti.

2008-06-05
Journalistic Solidarity and Professionalism is the Solution, Dato Chaganava
“I didn’t protest when News Stories of “Other Journalists’ were blocked”

Dato Chaganava, a former journalist of TV-company Rustavi 2 was dismissed for lack of discipline – at least that’s what the administration officially told him when he was fired. Prior to his dismissal he had prepared two rather critical stories on the terrible events of November 2007. However, in spite of all his work, they were never aired.

2008-06-02
Media Restrictions on Radio Imedi
The restrictions will be imposed on Imedi in the nearest future,” states Nona Kandiashvili,

Already Irakli Khetereli, Director General of the Radio “Imedi” and Nona Kandiashvili, its broadcasting director are jobless.

“I opened a door to journalism and I want to have this door open,” states Nino Gabriadze, new general director of radio Imedi.

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