Alerts   |   Georgia

Embattled Kazakh weekly paralyzed by damages

New York, March 9, 2010—Kazakh authorities should immediately lift their ban on the distribution of the independent weekly Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Attacks on the Press   |   Georgia

Attacks on the Press 2009: Georgia

Top Developments
• TV news politicized due to government manipulation.
• Opposition-aligned broadcaster obstructed.

Key Statistic
7: Percent of Internet penetration nationwide.

While no journalists were killed or imprisoned in Georgia in 2009, press freedom in this small South Caucasus nation stagnated due to persistent state manipulation of news media, particularly television broadcasting. In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly in September, President Mikhail Saakashvili boasted of Georgia’s media pluralism, stating that the country has “27 TV stations.” He failed to mention that most stations have little reach and, notably, that his government and its allies have long sought to control television news content, most recently through aggressive efforts to obstruct the cable affiliates of a station aligned with a leading opponent.

February 16, 2010 12:35 AM ET

Blog   |   Georgia, Russia

CPJ makes headway in cases in Russia, Georgia

Amid ongoing attacks on journalists, CPJ advocacy in Europe and Central Asia has generated some positive results. Earlier this month, a CPJ delegation met with Russian and European officials, who promised to revisit 17 journalist murders in Russia since 2000. The declared commitment to reverse Russia’s grim record of impunity came after we presented our own in-depth investigation into the unsolved killings of Russian journalists in our report Anatomy of Injustice.

September 25, 2009 12:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Georgia, Russia

Russian journalist faces forgery charges in Georgia

New York, September 18, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Georgian authorities to drop criminal charges against the Tbilisi bureau chief for the Russian news agency RIA Novosti and allow him to work without fear of harassment. According to RIA Novosti, Besik Pipia is facing up to three years in prison if convicted on a criminal charge of document forgery. 

September 18, 2009 3:21 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Georgia, Russia

Conquering Television to Control the Narrative

Mikhail Saakashvili and Vladimir Putin used strikingly similar tactics to create uncritical television media. The one-sided, one-dimensional coverage of the conflict in South Ossetia was the product of their efforts By Nina Ognianova
February 10, 2009 12:56 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Georgia

Attacks on the Press in 2008: Georgia

Three journalists were killed and at least 10 were wounded during a brief but bloody conflict in the disputed region of South Ossetia that pitted Georgian troops against local and Russian forces. South Ossetian separatists strengthened their position after the conflict--gaining full recognition from Moscow and the active support of Russian troops--although Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili reaped at least a short-term spike in popularity.

February 10, 2009 12:34 AM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Multimedia, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia

Video: Slain and in combat, dozens die in 2008

CPJ’s Joel Simon, Robert Mahoney, and Nina Ognianova pay tribute to journalists who died in 2008. The toll was highest in Iraq, but conflicts in South Asia and the Caucasus were deadly as well. Impunity in journalist murders in Russia, Philippines, and Mexico were top issues.

January 2, 2009 9:26 AM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand

For sixth straight year, Iraq deadliest nation for press

New York, December 18, 2008—For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq was the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history.

Alerts   |   Georgia, Russia, South Ossetia

Polish television crew freed in South Ossetia

New York, September 9, 2008The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s release of Telewizja Polska (TVP) crew members who were detained outside the Georgian village of Karaleti by South Ossetian militia members, and taken into custody in the regional capital, Tskhinvali on Monday.

Reporter Dariusz Bohatkiewicz told CPJ that authorities in Tskhinvali transferred him and his colleagues—cameraman Marcin Wesołowski and driver Levan Guliashvili—to Russian peacekeepers who turned them over to Georgian authorities and Polish diplomats. TVP crew’s equipment and car were returned undamaged.

September 10, 2008 1:50 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Georgia, Russia, South Ossetia

Polish television crew detained in South Ossetia

New York, September 8, 2008—South Ossetian and Russian authorities should immediately release three members of a Polish television crew detained today near the village of Karaleti in the buffer zone between South Ossetia and Georgia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Authorities confiscated equipment and cell phones from the Telewizja Polska (TVP) crew and were holding the three members incommunicado in the regional capital, Tskhinvali, according to CPJ sources.

September 8, 2008 9:24 PM ET

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