Alerts   |   Georgia

Georgia shuts two TV stations, blocks others from news-gathering

New York, November 8, 2007—The Georgian government should immediately allow two private television stations to resume broadcasting, and it must lift a ban on news-gathering imposed on all other private broadcasters, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today.

The government shut two popular Tbilisi-based television channels shortly before declaring a state of emergency Wednesday night. Imedi, considered the main Georgian opposition television and radio broadcaster, was raided by special forces and taken off the air at 9 p.m. Kavkaziya, a small independent channel, was also shut down.

November 8, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Georgia

Russian officers assault journalist in Georgia

New York, June 29, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalist is concerned about an attack reported by Nukri Kacharava, a camera operator for the independent Georgian television station Mze, who said Russian military officers assaulted him and confiscated his equipment as he was filming their move out of a Russian military base in Batumi, capital of the southwest Georgian republic of Adjara.
June 29, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine

Attacks on the Press 2006: Europe and Central Asia Analysis

Getting away with murder in the former Soviet states
By Nina Ognianova

The assassin in a baseball cap who gunned down Anna Politkovskaya outside her Moscow apartment used a silencer. But reverberations from the contract-style slaying of Russia's icon of investigative journalism were felt around the world.

Attacks on the Press   |   Georgia

Attacks on the Press 2006: Georgia


Television news, which had rallied support for Georgia’s pro-democracy
revolution three years earlier, suffered serious blows from government harassment, business takeovers, and, as many saw it, self-inflicted scandal. President Mikhail Saakashvili’s administration took an aggressive approach in managing television coverage by pressuring and harassing critical TV reporters. Georgia’s largest television company, with holdings that included the influential Rustavi-2 station, changed hands in November amid considerable intrigue. And the hard-hitting independent station 202 went off the air in the fall after getting caught up in an extortion scandal.
February 5, 2007 11:32 AM ET


Case   |   Georgia

Journalist says he was abducted, threatened

JANUARY 17, 2007
Posted: January 26, 2007

Ilya Chachibaya, Giya Boklomi


Two unidentified men briefly abducted Chachibaya on his way to work in the western Georgian city of Zugdidi, according to local press reports and CPJ interviews. The men intercepted Chachibaya, forced him inside their sedan, threatened him, and told him to stop working as a journalist, Chachibaya told CPJ. Afterward, the men left him at an abandoned house just outside the city, he told CPJ.
January 17, 2007 12:00 PM ET
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