2012-05-31Correspondence Between Bidzina Ivanishvili and GPB
Bidzina Ivanishvili has made another statement in response to the Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB). In the May 29 letter released by Ivanishvili’s press service the leader of the coalition Georgian Dream speaks of libel by the public broadcaster.
2012-05-31Activists of Youth Organizations Detained at the Parliament
On May 29, the law enforcement officers arrested the activists of the public movements November 7, Civil Front and Maro Makashvili’s Women Organization. They were holding demonstration in front of the parliament to protest detention of their friends near Gelati on May 26.
2012-05-31Information for citizens of Georgia concerning UEFA EURO 2012European Football Championship
EURO 2012, Europe’s premier national football championship, kicks off June 8 in eight venues throughout host nations Ukraine and Poland. Matches will be held in the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv during the month-long competition, with the championship game taking place in Kyiv on July 1.
2012-05-30Comments On the talk show „100 C”
On April 20, 2012 – Friday the talk show „100 C” was broadcasted on TV Company Imedi. Teenager problems – namely the problems of Hardly upbringing generation – were the main topic of the show, as the authors interpreted. The program caused non-homogenous reaction because of its’ content and the quality of professionalism.
2012-05-29Media monitoring exposed problems of Georgian media
Violation of presumption of innocence, identification of juvenile respondents, copying of positions and versions of law enforcement agencies, unethical epithets, lack of qualification and superficiality – these are main conclusions of the Human Rights Center’s monitors which they made as a result of monitoring of news programs of Public Broadcaster and printed media.
2012-05-25Fight with Trees in the Name of Public Order Protection and Education
More and more trees have been cut down in Tbilisi recently. Despite public protest, trees have been cut down on Moscow Avenue, in Kikvidze Square, in Victory Park and finally on Baratashvili Street as well. Sometimes trees are cut down to make way for police stations, but in Victory Park they were removed for the construction of a media library. Tbilisi City Hall claims that it was necessary to cut down the trees because they could not find alternative space for the police station.
2012-05-24Press-Conference at the Human Rights Center – “Taking Photos in Georgia Is Becoming a Serious Problem”
On May 21, the Human Rights Center gave a press conference on the harassment and maltreatment of journalist Gela Mtivlishvili, editor-in-chief of the Information Center of Kakheti and founder of the Information Center of Mtskheta-Mtianeti, in the Tianeti police station on May 20. The journalist himself and the chairman of the Georgian Bar Association, Zaza Khatiashvili, also attended the press-conference.
2012-05-24Giorgi Tsagareishvili Is Not Going to Apologize to the Family of His Son’s Abuser
MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili is not going to apologize to the family of the young man, who had beaten his son. “Why should I apologize to them? People broke into my house, five men attacked my son and he hardly survived death and how can they demand me to apologize to them? Let them sue me wherever they want,” Tsagareishvili told Interpresnews.
2012-05-23Activities of Religious Minorities in Georgian Media
According to the media-monitoring results carried out by Internews, newspaper Batumelebi is most active in reporting about religious minorities and newspaper Resonansi is the most passive in this direction.
2012-05-22Georgian-Ossetian Civil Dialogue – Excellent Grade
Ruslan Kokoev lives in the Java district. He went to Istanbul to meet his Georgian colleagues in a Georgian-Ossetian civil dialogue which was held for four days. During the dialogue, Georgians and Ossetians spoke very openly and frankly about the problems that hinder the conflict resolution process.
2012-05-22Detainee’s Family Applied to Human Rights Center For Help
Family members of Ivane Ergemlidze applied to the Human Rights Center for help. The case is about famous incident which occurred in December of 2011 – Ergemlidze assaulted the son of the MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili. There are still many question marks with regard to this case.
2012-05-21What Happened in the Tianeti Police Station
In the morning of May 20 I went to Tianeti to work on a news story. The day before, I got a phone call and was told that social benefits had been cancelled for some Georgian Dream supporters after they had met with the coalition’s leaders. Additionally, a father and his son – the Shushanashvilis – had been held at the police station for four days, and reports said that interrogators intimidated and threatened the two.
2012-05-21Former Director of the First Stereo Claims the Bezhuashvilis Stand Behind the New Director
Former Director of First Stereo and Stereo Plus David Zilfimian is unable to enter the TV-Company building. Security Company guards hired by the new Director General of the TV-Company Vasil Kobaidze do not allow Zilfimian to enter the Company premises. The security guards appeared at the Company premises at 4 a.m. 19 May.
2012-05-21President’s Supporters Multiplied in Photoshop
Many instruments have been used to multiply votes, supporters and fans – for example, including dead people on voters’ lists.
2012-05-17Private Foundations Created by Tbilisi City Hall Linked to Ugulava’s Relatives
Georgian Young Lawyers Association [GYLA] and Studio Monitor investigated in detail the expenditures made from private foundations created by Tbilisi City Hall. GYLA released a report and Monitor made a film about the issue.
2012-05-17Information on Government Officials’ Salaries and Bonuses Might Be Made Confidential
A draft-law has been initiated in the Parliament of Georgia. If the law is passed, information on public officials’ salaries, bonuses and other personal data will be made unavailable to the public.
2012-05-17Nino Kalandadze: “The Territory, Which Has Been Actively Discussed Recently, Belongs To Azerbaijan”
Azerbaijan customs officers patrol in Davit Gareji Monastery, particularly in the Monastery Udabno [desert] since May 6, 2012. The territory where parishioners and tourists easily entered before is now blocked.
2012-05-16To Punish Public Hate or Not?
Should hate speech be punishable by law?! Lately, this question is frequently heard in Georgia. There are two approaches to publicly declared hate speech in the modern world – the American and the European. According to the European approach, hate speech is a criminal offence and thus not protected by freedom of speech. The American approach, on the other hand, does not impose any punishment for similar action.
2012-05-16NGOs Protest Illegal Construction in Zugdidi Botanic Garden
On May 15, nongovernmental organizations protested and held briefing in front of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection.
2012-05-15Human Rights Center’s Media Monitors in the TV-Program “Media Monitor”
Media-monitors from the Human Rights Center Aleko Tskitishvili and Shorena Latatia spoke about monitoring results in the TV-program Media Monitor of the Public Broadcaster. They had monitored how judiciary and environmental issues were reported by Georgian media.
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