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State Department: US is concerned by the impact of Supreme Court decision in Rustavi 2 case

by | March 3, 2017

"The United States is concerned by the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Rustavi 2, which could limit the access of opposition voices to Georgian broadcast media. A pluralistic media environment is essential for Georgia’s democratic growth and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We urge the Georgian government to take steps to ensure that the media environment remains free, open, and pluralistic," State Department states in a comment provided to Cyndi Saine and Anna Kalandadze of Voice of America on March 3. "The news is troubling, although not entirely unexpected,” Paul Stronski, Carnegie endowment Russia and Eurasia fellow in Washington DC, commented by an email to Anna Kalandadze, Chief of VoA Georgian service. “There has been a controversy over the ownership structure for years.  Whatever happened to the station ten years ago under the Saakashvili government is beside the point today.  Rustavi 2 plays an important role as an independent voice and independent media is needed in Georgia, particularly after the Georgian Dream’s decisive win in the October elections. Reiterating the Saakashvili era without end does little to address urgent issues of today and I certainly hope that voices ...

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Prosecution requests bail for Kortskheli violence suspects

by | June 2, 2016

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Prosecution wouldn’t request pre-trial detention for the athletes involved in Kortskheli violence, Irakli Shotadze, Chief Prosecutor, said to journalists on Thursday. Instead, the Prosecutor’s Office would request a bail for six martial artists, charged with beating of opposition politicians and their supporters in Kortskeli, a village in Samegrelo, during by-elections in May. “Likely, the Prosecution will send a formal request for a bail today,” Shotadze said, adding that the suspects were charged with a criminal offense under Article 239 of the Criminal Code, which means hooliganism. Five athletes have been charged with the first paragraph of Article 239, which means group hooliganism and is punished by fine, or compulsory community service for 180-200 hours, or to imprisonment up to 5 years. The sixth person, Vladimer Gegeshidze, a member of Georgia’s Greco-Roman wrestling team, was charged with par. 3 of the same article that means prison term from 4 to 7 years.

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Shishani ‘clinically dead’: Syrian monitor

by | March 14, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Islamic State’s field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, mostly known under his nom de guerre Abu Omar Shishani, has been ‘clinically dead’ for several days, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

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