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2009-12-28
Sozar Subari:”It Is Early to Spread Information About Death of Georgian Media”
On December 25, authors of best journalistic investigation were awarded in the Art-Café “Caravan”. The competition “Human Rights-My Everyday Life” was organized by the Human Rights Center and South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders.

2009-12-15
Newspaper “Batumelebi” Continues Fight
Despite many uninvestigated cases connected with the newspaper “Batumelebi”, coordinator of the journalistic investigation group of the newspaper Tedo Jorbenadze appealed to the Adjara prosecutor Gizo Ugulava and requested to investigate the oppression on him by the MIA. Besides this case, the newspaper has appealed to the court against the Department for Revenues of the Ministry of Finances. The suit is about fining our employees with 1 000 GEL each.

2009-12-11
Society Is Waiting for Independent, High Quality Media; Nowadays Media Is Very Poor
On December 10, representation of the EU to Georgia published results of media survey in the country. According to the survey, although according to the Index of Freedom of Printed Media Georgia has highest index in the regions, there are many problems in the field.

2009-12-10
Journalist Zviad Khujadze Requests Investigation Now
On December 10 the world celebrates International Day of Human Rights. On December 10, 1948 the UN adopted Human Rights Declaration as a basic document to fight against oppression and discrimination. The Declaration is the first international announcement that human rights and basic freedoms are available everywhere and for everybody. Exactly 61 years later, journalists are physically assaulted in the country which claims to be a democratic one and organizes plenty of events on this day. 
2009-12-08
Ia Antadze: “Charter of Journalistic Ethics Will Not Be Still-born Document”
First in the history of Georgian journalism the charter on journalistic ethics of Georgia was adopted. The most important point is that the initiators of the charter were journalists. Self-regulation mechanism of media was established by the Institute of Civil Development as a result of the one and half month cooperation with the Council of Europe. The project was funded by the European Union.

2009-12-02
Protest Demonstration in Support of “Batumelebi”
On December 1, in front of the Cinema “Amirani” in Tbilisi journalists and human rights defenders organized a protest rally in support of newspaper “Batumelebi”. Demonstrators attended presentation of the film in the cinema and then joined the demonstration; they requested the representatives of the government and international organizations to react on the oppression and blackmailing of the newspaper.

2009-11-30
SOD Blackmails the Head of Investigative Group of Newspaper “Batumelebi”
Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) continues to oppress the personnel of the newspaper Batumelebi. Now, the police tried to humiliate the name of Tedo Jorbenadze, the head of investigation group, in regard with the sexual orientation based on the stigma in Georgia.

2009-11-20
Demonstration to Protest Silence of Rustavi 2
On November 20, family of Nika Gelashvili, who died during the collapse of the building of the “Star Academy” held protest demonstration in front of the building of the TV-Company “Rustavi 2’. The Gelashvilis protested the indifference of the TV-company to the accident and demanded to start new investigation of the fact.

2009-11-04
GEORGIA: FREE-SPEECH DEBATE SWIRLS IN TBILISI OVER PATRIARCH PARODY
The Georgian government is conducting an investigation into a series of video clips posted on Facebook that insult the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II. The clips are fueling a debate about the boundaries of freedom of expression in Georgia.

2009-11-03
Nightmare about Regional TV-Stations
In 2009, almost every influential international organization speaks in their reports about worsened media situation in Georgia. According to the recent report of the Freedom House Georgia is one of those 18 states where the situation in the field of democracy has worsened. Furthermore, after 2003 the indexes of democracy in Georgia have fallen to the lowest level. Nevertheless, president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili said in his interview with the “Connect the World” of the CNN, there are 27 independent TV-channels in Georgia. He said TV-companies have political talk-shows where every political organization can express it opinion openly.

2009-11-03
Radio “Liberty” Already in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali
Andrei Babitski Will Be Appointed Head of “Echo of the Caucasus”

Last night, radio-program “Echo of the Caucasus” was first broadcasted by the Radio “Liberty”. This program is in Russian because it has been prepared for Abkhazia and so called South Ossetia. The Human Rights Center had the pleasure to meet the director of the Georgian branch of Radio Liberty Davit Kakabadze to speak about the new program.

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