2011-06-13Action – “Solidarity to MediaPalitra!”
By initiative of coalition for Media Advocacy, action - Solidarity to MediaPalitra was held today. Almost all newspapers and magazine covers throughout Georgia displayed: “Solidarity to MediaPalitra”.
2011-06-10MIA of Georgia to Monitor Internet Communications without Court Approval
The new amendments to the Law on the Operative-Investigative Activity of Georgia, adopted in September of 2010 raise concerns regarding internet freedom in Georgia.
2011-06-10Journalists Impose Three Requests on the Minister of Internal Affairs
The representatives of Georgian media are requesting investigation into the unlawful acts committed against the journalists on May 26th. The Coalition for Media Advocacy elaborated several requests and sent them to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili.
2011-06-10Selective Justice – Governor’s Cousin Untouched
Telavi Court passed guilty verdict against Maia Batselashvili, a music teacher of the Village Jimiti Public School. The teacher charged with the beating of a student was imposed with three thousand GEL fine as a sentence. Nunu Iremashvili, a teacher in Vazisubani Public School is also accused of beating her student, however she still works in the school and has not even received a warning.
2011-06-10How much did 7 Thousand Roses Cost?
There are legends about the love story of famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani. The legend tells that he sold his store to buy million red roses for a French dancer Margarita who he fell in love with at first sight. Nobody knows whether or not this is true. Anyways, “million roses of Pirosmani” is a beautiful love story…
2011-06-09Inventarization of Mediapalitra Finished, Tax Inspection Underway
Civil society observes the unscheduled inspection of the media holding Mediapalitra with alarm. The inspection unexpectedly started on June 7th by the Revenue Service which simultaneously sealed 6 enterprises of Mediapalitra. As a result of consolidated protest of Georgian mass media and civil society, several Ltds were unsealed but the enterprises still face obstacles.
2011-06-0845-Day Imprisonment for Participation in Protest Demonstration
After 2:00 am on May 22 riot police officers detained Temur Chanturishvili in the Batumi office of the People’s Assembly. Currently, he is serving his 45-day administrative imprisonment. Chanturishvili was allowed to contact his family only some time after detention; so, initially the relatives thought he had disappeared.
2011-06-08Georgian Sailors Brave Piracy, Bureacracy
“How can I just wait, knowing that they’re living on bread and water and that no can say how long it’s going to go on for?” asked Natela Verdzadze, whose husband is among a crew of 18 held by Somali pirates for the last eight months.
2011-06-07Some People Missing after May 26th Are Found in Detention Cells
According to interpressnews, Public Defender Giorgi Tughushi stated that all people missing after the May 26th events are found in the interim detention cells by the staff of Ombudsman’s Office.
2011-06-07Approximately 60 People Are still Considered to be Missing – Neither Ministry of Internal Affairs nor the Ministry of Health Disseminates Information
“12 days passed since the protest disruption on May 26th. Some people are still considered to be missing. The NGOs are requesting the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to show interest in the fate of these people and issue information on their whereabouts,” – states the head of Solidarity to Illegal Prisoners Eka Beselia to the newspaper Rezonanci (Resonance) in the article entitled: “Approximately 60 People are still missing.”
2011-06-06Pirates of Rustaveli Avenue
I have been used to the fact that my country is always under some kind of suspense and this suspense looks a lot like “Revolution.” The sad thing though (and tragic) is that the lives of people are sacrificed for this cause.
2011-06-03Imprisonments Taking Place According to the Lists Prepared by Constitutional Security Department
The Constitutional Security Department (CSD) of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has established the lists of people linked with Public Assembly or to one of its committee Shepitsuli Group.
2011-06-03Unable or Unwilling?!
Norwegian Helsinki Committee Published Report regarding the process of investigation of war crimes during the August 2008 conflict entitled Unable or Unwilling.
2011-05-31Georgian Young Lawyers Association Publishes New List of the Disappeared
On May 39th the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) published the list of the people who are considered to have disappeared since the dispersal of the protest rally on May 26th of 2011.
2011-05-31When Proest Rally in Rustaveli Avenue Rally was Raided by the Police Imedi was Broadcasting Live Poker Game
Television Company Maestro was broadcasting live the Rustaveli Avenue protest rally and the following processes almost all night. Early morning May 26 Maestro broadcasted live the comments of opposition leaders, their family members, rally participants, who compared the last night processes with the April 9 1989 events and accused the police special forces in using excessive force.
2011-05-31Murman Dumbadze Found in Telavi PDS
Former leader of the Adjara office of the Republic Party Murman Dumbadze is in Telavi Pretrial Detention Setting. His lawyer Marekh Mgaloblishvili said Dumbadze was ruthlessly beaten and has numerous injuries on the body. He had not received food for two days and had no access to medical assistance.
2011-05-3017 Journalists Injured at the Disperse of Protest Rally
On May 26th the journalists were also injured as a result of the Public Assembly protest rally disperse by the Special Forces unit.
2011-05-30TV Channel 25 Cut Off from the Cable Television Due to the Unpleasant Scenes for Ministry of Internal Affairs
The programs of TV Channel 25 are no longer provided for the customers of cable television Era. The fact of cut-off is explained due to the technical problems. However, the TV channel is refused to be provided with technical help.
2011-05-27Protest Rally Violently Dispersed in Georgia
On May 26, 2011, at 00:10 am the protest rally organized by the Public Assembly was dispersed by the units of Special Forces by means of rubber bullets, tear gas and water canons. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia, 8 policemen, one journalist and 27 civil citizens were injured. Two people died - a policeman and a civilian. 90 people are placed in the preliminary detainment cells imposed with two-month administrative imprisonment.
2011-05-25Mass Detention of Opposition Supporters in Kakheti
More than 20 supporters of the opposition political parties have been detained in Kakheti region. Names of 8 of them are known. The police blame them in disobedience.
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