Many journalists leave Georgian TV channel, claim interference

by | Dec 23

TBILISI, DFWatch--Many employees left their jobs at a Georgian TV station on Monday, as a protest against what they say ...


Launch of Ivanishvili’s new talk show postponed till February

by | Nov 30
Ivanishvili will not be a host in talk-show 2030 (photo: Channel 1)

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s talk show will not go on air until February at the earliest. the businessman ...

Media, News

Ivanishvili plans to host TV show

by | Oct 7
bidzina ivanishvili --

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says he wants to host a weekly talk show. This comes after Ivanishvili many ...

Media, News

Georgian lawmaker wants to ban Russian TV channels

by | Jul 25

TBILISI, DFWatch--A lawmaker from the National Movement wants to ban Russian news channels in Georgia. Giorgi Baramidze floated the idea in a Facebook post last ...

Media, News

Georgian government criticizes Maestro TV for bias

by | May 21

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government has criticized a TV program for being biased, after it turned the spotlight on promises made ...

Media, News

Georgian media regulatory body gets new head

by | May 20

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s National Communications Commission (GNCC) has elected Vakhtang Abashidze as new chairman. This is the first time a head of ...

Media, News

Rustavi 2 director claims police is watching him

by | May 7

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian TV company accuses the government of wiretapping and spying on its management and journalists. The accusations were put ...

Media, News

Live interviews of 27 candidates for Public Broadcaster board

by | Apr 1

TBILISI, DFWatch--The 27 candidates for the Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be interviewed live on GPB's Channel ...

Media, News

NGO founded by former Georgian PM to offer media training

by | Mar 18

TBILISI, DFWatch--A non-governmental organization founded by former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is to offer training courses for journalists who work ...

Media, News

Georgian ‘propaganda’ TV in South Ossetia was run illegally

by | Mar 15

TBILISI, DFWatch--A parliamentary commission in Georgia has exposed how one television station was operating for years without a license during ...

Media, News

Georgian lawmaker fined for defamation of Imedi investor

by | Dec 17

TBILISI, DFWatch--A member of parliament from the National Movement party was fined 50 000 lari (USD 30 000) on Monday ...

Media, News

Georgia tops media freedom list in Eastern Partnership

by | Oct 9

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia tops a new survey of media freedom among those eastern European countries that are not members of EU ...

Media, News

Two talk show hosts dismissed from the Public Broadcaster

by | Sep 19

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Public Broadcaster has dismissed Channel 1 talk show hosts Eka Kvesitadze and Davit Paichadze. The two journalists claimed at ...

Media, News

Georgia’s Ivanishvili explains decision to close Channel 9

by | Aug 24
bidzina ivanishvili - 2013-05-14

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says journalists and employees of TV9 made a mistake when they closed down the channel ...

Media, News

Several buyers express interest in Channel 9

by | Aug 20

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several persons have already expressed interest in buying Georgia's Channel 9, which yesterday stopped functioning. The TV station's director Luba ...

Media, News

Update: Channel 9 has gone off air from tonight

by | Aug 20

TBILISI, DFWatch--TV9, a channel affiliated with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, went off air on Monday. It had earelier announced that ...

Media, News

Georgia’s Channel 9 goes off air September 1

by | Aug 19

TBILISI, DFWatch--Channel 9, a TV company affiliated with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, is to be closed from September 1. Luba Eliashvili, ...

Media, News

Georgia preparing switch to digital by 2015

by | May 25
Rita Rudusa

TBILISI, DFWatch--A conference on digital media was held in Tbilisi May 23-24 to discuss the transition to digital TV, good ...

Media, News

Georgia improves on press freedom list

by | May 3

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia climbs 15 places on Freedom House’s latest list of press freedom around the world. On the list Freedom of ...

Media, News

OSCE supports reform of public broadcaster

by | Mar 27

Tbilisi, DFWatch - OSCE supports a draft law to reform Georgia's public broadcaster, but has some critical remarks. The organization's media ...

Media, News

Public broadcaster chairman dismissed

by | Mar 5
GPB board meeting

TBILISI, DFWatch--The supervisory board of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has dismissed the company's chairman because he fired the news chief, ...

Media, News

Georgian Public Broadcaster gets new director

by | Dec 27
giorgi baratashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The supervisory board of Georgia’s Public Broadcaster Wednesday elected a new director as replacement for Giorgi Chanturia, ...

Media, News

Saakashvili to fund free media

by | Dec 18
mikheil saakashvili - -

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has decided to finance media and non-government organizations and issued a special ...

Media, News

Experts ask for legal reform to improve media freedom

by | Dec 17
media monitoring

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A handful of media experts are calling for legislative reforms to address problems with media freedom in ...

Media, News

TV9 becomes general broadcaster

by | Nov 30

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A TV company affiliated with the governing Georgian Dream coalition is going to become a general broadcaster. Thursday ...

Media, News

Georgian PM proposes controversial TV plan

by | Nov 26

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili claims he is ready to give his TV channel to Georgian Public Broadcaster ...

Media, News

Georgian media is partial, report shows

by | Nov 24
media monitoring

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A new report shows that Georgian TV companies have problems with bringing balanced and objective information. Channel 9, ...

Media, News

How Mze TV was taken over and muted

by | Nov 16
Mze TV

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A former owner of a Georgian TV station claims that he was forced to sell it by ...

Media, News

Rustavi 2 gets new director

by | Nov 15

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A TV channel controlled by the former Saakashvili’s government on Wednesday got a new director, who used ...

Media, News

Forbes editor takes over Georgian TV station

by | Nov 14

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A former editor of Forbes Georgia has been appointed as new director of Imedi TV, which used ...

Media, News

TV Sakartvelo becomes TV Tabula

by | Oct 31
tamar chergoleishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgian TV viewers will get a new channel in the near future, to be produced by the ...

Media, News

Calls to remove chair of public broadcaster

by | Oct 27
GPB - public broadcaster

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The audit agency in Georgia wants the chair of the Public Broadcaster to be changed, while groups ...

Media, News

PIK’s fate still uncertain

by | Oct 26

TBILISI, DFWatch -- It is still unknown what will happen to a Russian language TV channel based in Georgia. PIK TV ...

Media, News

PIK journalists out of a job

by | Oct 20
PIK - protest

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgia’s Public Broadcaster has abolished its contract with the Russian language TV station PIK, which has been ...

Media, News

NGO coalition asks for action on media independence

by | Oct 19
NGOs Friday

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Civic groups in Georgia Friday presented an eight-point plan for how to improve the media environment in ...

Media, News

Another pro-Saakashvili channel sold: This time it’s Real

by | Oct 18
real tv

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Another pro-government television station has been sold in the wake of the parliamentary election in Georgia: Real ...

Media, News

Confusion about what will happen to Imedi TV

by | Oct 17
Inna Gudavadze - 2012-10-17

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A government-controlled TV channel is in the process of be transferred back to the family of its ...

Media, News

Saakashvili regime gives up control over Imedi TV

by | Oct 16

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The director of a government-controlled TV channel and a key figure after the rose revolution has left ...

Media, News

PIK journalists protest with silent news

by | Oct 16

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Journalists of TV channel PIK Monday evening expressed protest in an unusual way: When viewers tuned in ...

Media, News

Tax amnesty to benefit pro-government TV

by | Oct 16
alexandre khetaguri

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The government is offering TV stations exemption from paying outstanding tax debts. This will mostly benefit two ...

Media, News

Government’s hold over TV is crumbling

by | Oct 7
vakho sanaia

TBILISI, DFWatch -- There is a crisis in pro-government TV in Georgia, after an opposition coalition won the parliamentary election. October ...

Media, News

Rustavi 2 founders call for independence

by | Oct 6

The founders of Rustavi 2, a TV company are fighting to get back control which they claimed was forcefully deprived ...

Media, News

Georgian voters to get political debates

by | Aug 30

TBILISI, DFWatch - The ruling party says the current parliamentary speaker and the prime minister will represent it in election ...

Media, News

Investigative journalist beaten during assignment

by | Aug 23
Vasil Dabrundashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - A journalist and a cameraman were beaten while investigating the illegal cutting of trees in eastern Georgia. Journalists ...

Media, News

Man sentenced to 20 days in jail for beating cameraman

by | Aug 18
the man who attacked davit chavleishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Police have arrested a man accused of beating a cameraman working for an opposition affiliated media outlet. The ...

Media, News

Georgia’s ruling party concealing commercials as public ads

by | Aug 15

TBILISI, DFWatch - A new report concludes that some of the public service ads in Georgia contain a political message. The ...

Media, News

Almost 200 000 households can watch government-critical TV

by | Aug 14

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's National Communications Commission (GNCC) Monday published data about the implementation of the must-carry and must-offer principles. 193 ...

Media, News

Journalist stalkers in Georgia continue unhindered

by | Aug 10
media group

TBILISI, DFWatch – For more than a month, journalists with an opposition-leaning news service in Georgia have been followed around ...

Media, News

Georgia’s small broadcasters protest strict campaign rules

by | Aug 10
Kakhi Kurashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's National Communications Commission (GNCC) claims that broadcasters will be forced to air free political commercials, even ...

Media, News

One unquoted word created crisis in Georgian media

by | Aug 9

TBILISI, DFWatch – A report sent out by a Georgian news agency led to controversy Tuesday. GHN's report said that after ...

Media, News

Georgians get more TV channels, temporarily

by | Aug 7

TBILISI, DFWatch – The must-carry and must-offer principle is starting to have effect also around Georgia’s different regions. People living in ...

Media, News

A historic first: A Georgian newspaper fined for libel

by | Aug 6

TBILISI, DFWatch – The popular newspaper Alia, which has been published in Georgia since 1995, has been fined about USD ...

Media, News

Media regulatory body denies harassment

by | Apr 12

TBILISI, DFWatch - The media regulatory body in Georgia Thursday said a cable station was trying to politicize the situation ...

Media, News

Youth protested against the fining of a TV station

by | Apr 11

TBILISI, DFWatch - Around ten youth activists today protested outside the Georgian National Communication Commission against the fining of a ...

Media, News

Why newspapers are sold from bicycle stands in Tbilisi

by | Feb 8

TBILISI, DFWatch - In the Georgian capital, news hungry citizens can now get their daily update from a bright red ...

Media, News

Want new rules for media watchdog

by | Feb 2

TBILISI, DFWatch - A civil rights group in Georgia wants a new set of rules to ensure that the country's ...

Media, News

Pressured Georgian media reaffirm defense group

by | Feb 1

TBILISI, DFWatch - Media workers in the former Soviet republic of Georgia met Wednesday to reaffirm their mutual pledge to ...

Media, News

Georgians still trust their TV, despite hoax of the century

by | Jan 24

TBILISI, DFWatch - Time Magazine called it one of the greatest hoaxes in history. But 33% of Georgians still trust ...

Media, News

Lawsuit against Ivanishvili’s new TV

by | Jan 18

TBILISI, DFWatch - The new TV station being established by people around Georgian opposition financier Bidzina Ivanishvili is being sued. It’s ...

Media, News

TV staff jailed in Tbilisi

by | Jan 5
Erosi Kitsmarishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Two employees of a TV station in Tbilisi who were arrested four days ago have been sentenced ...

Media, News

New media protection group formed

by | Jan 4
Mamuka Glonti

TBILISI, DFWatch – Representatives of Georgian media gathered today at the office of Obiektivi, an internet based radio and television ...

Media, News

Where did the newsstands go?

by | Dec 30

TBILISI, DFWatch - Representatives of the media, press distributors and other supporters gathered Friday in front of the Holiday Inn ...

Media, News

New details about who owns Georgian TV stations

by | Dec 29

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian TV stations have released information about who owns them. It has long been a general impression, but ...

Elections, Media, News

Access to media crucial in 2012 election

by | Dec 28

TBILISI, DFWatch - As a bundle of election related bills are up for final review in parliament, it became clear ...

Media, News

Want strengthened protection of media

by | Dec 23
eliso chapidze

TBILISI, DFWatch - Editor of newspaper Rezonansi Eliso Chapidze (pictured) and a group of media workers Friday submitted a bill ...

Media, News

Georgian newspapers are being strangled

by | Dec 21

TBILISI, DFWatch - One of the chain of newspapers outlets in Tbilisi tell of a more than 80% drop in sales. ...

Media, News

Media picketed president’s palace

by | Dec 20

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian media workers Monday continued the campaign to raise awareness of the pressure they are coming under ...

Media, News

Media to have common defense

by | Dec 19

TBILISI, DFWatch - An attack on one is an attack on all. That’s the principle for a new organization formed ...

Media, News


by | Dec 16

TBILISI, DFWatch - Journalists working for an embattled Georgian TV station today called for solidarity and announced that they will ...

Media, News

‘Government wants to shut down Maestro’

by | Nov 30

TBILISI, DFWatch - The crisis continues at independent Georgian TV station Maestro, as suspicion is growing that the interference is ...

Media, News

TV station under siege!

by | Nov 30

TBILISI, DFWatch - Journalists at Maestro were pacing nervously around in the TV station’s yard Wednesday afternoon, still physically prevented ...

Media, News

2007 rerun! Independent TV taken off air

by | Nov 30

TBILISI, DFWatch - An independent TV station in Tbilisi was taken off air Wednesday morning, the day after businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili ...

Media, News

Georgian press makes a stand

by | Nov 29

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian publishers, journalists, editors and others rallied in front of Tbilisi’s City Hall high rise Tuesday to ...

Media, News

Writer quits after threats against family

by | Oct 24

TBILISI, DFWatch - The script writer for a new TV show has broken off his cooperation with businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, ...

Media, News

Fired for expressing their opinion

by | Oct 23

TBILISI, DFWatch - In 2011, several journalists have lost their job for simply expressing their opinion on the internet. The ability ...

Media, News

Media watchdog chairman accused of conflict of interest

by | Oct 19

TBILISI, DFWatch - The chair of Georgia's media regulatory commission keeps back from interfering when TV stations break the advertising ...

Media, News, Politics

Georgian media answers hopeful patron

by | Oct 12

Journalists Wednesday responded to the wealthiest Georgian Bidzina Ivanishvili's call for them to form an alliance to unseat Mikheil Saakashvili, ...

Media, News

TV channels vying for financier’s political debut

by | Oct 11

The public broadcaster and two independent TV stations are competing to carry the political debut of Georgia's richest man. First, the ...

Media, News

Investor-politician gets cold shoulder from Georgian media

by | Oct 8

The billionaire businessman who said he would run in the next election has received a cold shoulder from two independent ...

Media, News

Journalists take Georgian police to court over May 26 beating

by | Oct 4

Three journalists and four media companies filed an administrative lawsuit at Tbilisi city court Tuesday morning against Georgia's Ministry of ...

Media, News

Gate crashing the President’s vineyard

by | Sep 27

The reason journalist Shalva Ramishvili wanted to get into Mikheil Saakashvili's vineyard on Sunday was that the president was hosting ...