Media issues

Georgia’s Rustavi 2 TV fires several key journalists after takeover

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , , |

Former news chief Nodar Meladze was approached by a person close to Ivanishvili and offered a collaboration, but declined. TBILISI, DFWatch--A day after Rustavi 2’s new owner laid out his plans to revamp Georgia's biggest opposition TV company, the newly appointed director sacks several of its key journalists. The list outlined on Tuesday by [...]

New Rustavi 2 owner vows to develop it as a “rigorous and critical” TV channel

By | August 19th, 2019|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Kibar Khalvashi, Rustavi 2's new owner. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The new owner of Rustavi 2 is not planning to sell his shares. Instead, Kibar Shalvashi plans to develop Georgia's largest opposition TV channel as a "critical and rigorous" outlet. "I consider it my primary duty to put television freed from Saakashvili into public service and [...]

Tbilisi court imposes strict bail conditions on former Rustavi 2 director in corruption trial

By | August 11th, 2019|Categories: Interviews, Media|Tags: , |

Nika Gvaramia at Tbilisi City Court. ( TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court has placed Nika Gvaramia under GEL 40,000 bail in a controversial corruption trial that the opposition calls politically motivated. Initially, the Prosecutor’s Office wanted even stricter bail conditions: GEL 80,000 bail and banning the former head of Rustavi 2 from leaving the country.  [...]

Georgia’s largest opposition TV channel facing takeover after losing last-ditch defense at European Court of Human Rights

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Backers of Rustavi 2 claim the dispute is aimed at silencing critical opposition media. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's largest opposition TV channel Rustavi 2 will likely be taken over by an allegedly government-backed investor after losing  the final court battle over its ownership at the European Court of Human Rights. In Thursday’s judgment, the court held [...]

Georgian opposition TV claims tax debt used to silence its voice

By | July 21st, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia. TBILISI, DFWatch–The director of Georgia’s biggest opposition TV company claims the government is using tax laws to to get it off air ahead of the local elections in October. “TV company Rustavi 2 is again under threat […] The state is seemingly preparing for a decisive blow […]

Georgia suspends two officials while investigating journalist’s abduction

By | July 21st, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Interior Minister Giorgi Mghebrishvili said the two officials are suspended to eliminate all suspicion. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The government in Georgia has suspended two high ranking officials to ensure the impartiality of an investigation into the alleged abduction of an Azerbaijani investigative journalist. The decision comes after immense pressure from human rights groups, […]

Azerbaijani RFE/RL journalist detained, barred from leaving country

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

Kamran Mahmudov (right) pictured next to his Azerbaijani colleague Afgan Mukhtarli, whose abduction in Tbilisi in May caused a public outcry in Georgia. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A journalist at Radio Free Europe’s now closed office in Azerbaijan was detained on Thursday and told that he cannot leave the country. Kamran Mahmudov, a former producer for RFE/RL, was detained at the border on the way into Georgia and taken to the […]

CEO of Georgia’s embattled opposition television station resigns

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Rustavi 2 director general Nika Gvaramia resigns. Gvaramia’s resignation was reported yesterday by several Georgian media outlets and confirmed Friday morning by one of the TV company’s editors who spoke to DFWatch on condition of anonymity. […]

Protesters put bags over their heads as parliament silent on Mukhtarli case

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

(Liberali.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian journalists covered their heads with plastic sacks during a meeting of the parliament’s human rights committee on Tuesday to protest the abduction of an Azerbaijani investigative journalist in Tbilisi. But the committee did not discuss […]

Abduction of Azerbaijani journalist sparks outrage in Tbilisi

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Activists rallied in Tbilisi on Wednesday against the apparent abduction and return to Azerbaijan of an investigative journalist who had criticized the Aliyev regime. Journalists and rights activists rallied outside the government office […]

Rustavi 2 web domain hijacked by former owners

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s embattled opposition TV company Rustavi 2 has lost control over its web domain and has had to switch to a different address to stay online. In a statement posted online on its new address, Rustavi 2 blamed former owner David Dvali […]

Georgian PM proposes creating new media ombudsman post

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s prime minister proposes creating an office of media ombudsman. The PM’s proposal comes at the same time as the situation surrounding a lawsuit about the country’s most popular TV company remains in a deadlock. After a meeting with PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili […]

Georgia’s embattled TV station Rustavi 2 plans new rally on Saturday

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: |

A scene from the February 19 rally. (Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Embattled Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2 plans another rally in Tbilisi on Saturday to protest what it claims is an attempt by authorities to silence free speech in the country. On March 3, Georgia’s Supreme Court upheld a decision to change ownership of Rustavi 2. […]

Vigil held as Georgia’s embattled TV station vows to block takeover

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: |

(Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Opposition activists and supporters of Rustavi 2 held a vigil at the studio complex last night, after the Supreme Court upheld a decision to hand ownership of the embattled TV company over to a private investor who critics fear will silence the government’s […]

Georgia Supreme Court upholds decision to change Rustavi 2 ownership

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Supreme Court in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has controversially upheld a decision to take away ownership of the country’s biggest opposition TV channel and hand it to a private investor. Critics say the decision will effectively silence […]

Georgia Supreme Court begins review of Rustavi 2 case Thursday

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Rustavi 2’s director Nika Gvaramia. (Palitra TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Supreme Court in the former Soviet republic of Georgia on Thursday begins to review a highly publicised lawsuit about the ownership over the country’s biggest TV channel. The case concerns who shall control 100 percent of shares in Rustavi 2, […]

Rustavi 2 rallies supporters to defend freedom of expression

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: |

News anchor Zaal Udumashvili. (Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A rally is underway in the center of Tbilisi to show solidarity with Rustavi 2, as a decision is expected in the Supreme Court that could change its ownership, and – according to supporters of the TV company – bring its criticism of the government to a halt. […]

UNM to rally to stop Supreme Court ruling against Rustavi 2

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

UNM’s Nika Melia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Activists from Georgia’s former ruling party are rallying in Tbilisi on February 10 in order to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling against the top people in the largest opposition TV station. UNM’s Nika Melia said on Wednesday that the party of ex-President […]

Imedi-GDS merger heralds further consolidation in Georgian TV

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili appearing on 2030, the main news show on GDS. TBILISI, DFWatch–Imedi TV, one of Georgia’s largest TV stations, has bought GDS, a smaller company linked with billionaire and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. Imedi confirmed that it had purchased 100 percent of shares in the broadcasting company […]

Ad showing murder of Santa goes viral in Georgia

By | January 7th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A New Year’s commercial in Georgia has caused controversy for showing Santa Claus being murdered in front of a child. Now, the Public Defender calls on the advertisement company to stop airing the ad. The video (16+) ‘Santa […]

Georgia’s Public Broadcaster selects new head who has links to Ivanishvili

By | January 7th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , |

New GPB director Vasil Maglaperidze. (Channel 1.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The supervisory board of Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB) on Thursday selected as new director a candidate with close ties to the ruling party and personal links to billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. The decision to appoint Vasil Maglaperidze […]

Maestro TV to merge with Imedi and GDS

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One of Georgia’s largest TV channels confirmed on Tuesday that it has successfully concluded negotiations to merge with two other channels that are linked to former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili. Maestro TV was a voice of independent journalism […]

Village trustee in Georgia resigns after hitting journalist in the face

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Trustee of the village Tsnori, Tamaz Mateshvili, resigned after the incident. TBILISI, DFWatch–The trustee of a village in eastern Georgia has resigned after admitting that he hit a journalist in the face. The journalist, Gela Mtivlishvili, had showed up at a stretch of road where asphalt was being laid down in pouring rain in anticipation of a visit by […]

Okruashvili’s stakes claim on Rustavi 2 TV with secret contract

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A former Georgian defense minister has revealed the existence of a contract which appears to invalidate the takeover of one of the main TV stations in the country, as the Supreme Court is considering the case. The city court in Tbilisi decided in November […]

President claims Georgian media have become more anti-Western

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: |

President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili claims the media in his country are publishing more anti-Western stories now than they used to. In an interview with the program ‘Archevani’ on Rustavi 2 TV Tuesday evening, he said it was […]

Employees of Imedi TV call news chief’s replacement ‘unacceptable’

By | June 26th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Nana Lezhava, Imedi TV’s new news chief. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The head of the news division at Imedi TV was unexpectedly replaced on Thursday. News chief Maia Tabagari was moved to a post as consultant to the general director, while journalist Nino Lezhava (pictured) was brought in as her replacement, […]

Rustavi 2 loses ownership case in Appeals Court, vows to continue fight

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Rustavi 2 lawyer Tamta Muradashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Appeals Court in Georgia upheld a decision by Tbilisi City Court to transfer ownership of the largest opposition TV station, Rustavi 2, to Kibar Khalvashi, a former owner. Khalvashi successfully sued claiming that Rustavi 2 was forcibly […]

Freedom House: Georgia regional leader in media freedom

By | April 27th, 2016|Categories: Media|

Georgia earned the highest score of 49 points (0 is best, 100 is worst) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia took the 96th place among the world’s 199 countries and regions evaluated in the latest edition of the Freedom of the Press  report prepared annually by Freedom House. Georgia earned the highest score of 49 points […]

Georgia’s Press Freedom score declines, ranking rises: RSF

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Georgia: 64th place, Armenia: 74th place, Russia: 148th place, Turkey: 151st place, Azerbaijan: 163rd place TBILISI, DFWatch–Despite the relative rise in the ranking to the 64th place, the highest place in the region, Georgia’s score slightly declined. Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF), a France-based international organization, issued the […]

Dispute about control over Maestro settled

By | March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Agreement was reached on Monday between the owners of Maestro TV to allow the channel to continue using its logo, settling a several months long dispute. The agreement was announced in a statement by Gia Gachechiladze (‘Utsnobi’), who owns […]

Court approves Levan Gachechiladze as new director of Maestro TV

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

Levan Gachechiladze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Public Registry on Monday registered Levan Gachechiladze as director of Studio Maestro. The registry said in a statement that Gachechiladze was appointed director of Maestro as a result of a decision made by the Appeals Court on March 1. […]

Reintegration minister revives Russian-language TV channel debate

By | February 16th, 2016|Categories: Media|

PIK employees protest against closure of the channel in front of parliament in 2012 (IPN) Tbilisi, DFWatch – Georgian experts focus on security aspects of countering Russian propaganda in the debate on reviving a Russian-language TV channel. An initiative to create a Russian-language TV channel in Georgia was voiced by Paata Zakareishvili, minister of reintegration and civic equality, during the cabinet meeting on 11 February, Novosti Gruziya reported. […]

Georgian Public Broadcaster fires TV host without explanation

By | February 11th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Eka Mishveladze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A TV host on the Georgian Public Broadcaster says she was fired without explanation and plans to sue her employer. Eka Mishveladze, one of the hosts on Channel 1, says her open-ended contract was terminated with no explanation and she […]

Maestro TV staff reject new owner and start new channel

By | February 6th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Staff are not letting the new Maestro director and owner into the TV building. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian TV company Maestro has been taken over by two brothers, one a rock singer and the other a former presidential candidate, but staff won’t let them into the building. Maestro’s majority owner is now Giorgi Gachechiladze, a rock singer […]

Court reverses Rustavi 2 director’s dismissal and reinstates management

By | November 12th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Thursday restored the status of the managers of TV channel Rustavi 2, including its director general, and abolished the status of one of the interim managers. The background is a ruling by the city court earlier this year […]

Rustavi 2: Public Registry denies that new manager was appointed

By | November 12th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

The staff of Rustavi 2. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The feud over the ownership of Georgia’s most powerful anti-government television channel became even more obscure Wednesday evening, as the Public Registry denied having registered a document appointing a new manager of Rustavi 2. […]

Rustavi 2 takeover: new manager appointed, but rejects offer

By | November 11th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Zaal Udumashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The interim owners of Georgia’s largest anti-government TV channel have appointed the anchor Zaal Udumashvili as new manager, but he rejected the job. The failed attempt to appoint a new manager follows several months of legal […]

Interim owners pledge not to break into Rustavi 2

By | November 6th, 2015|Categories: Media|

Davit Dvali, former owner of Rustavi 2 (IPN) TBILISI, DFWatch–The interim owners of the largest opposition-aligned TV station in Georgia, Rustavi 2, claim that they are not planning to break into the office of the company with the help of police. But they haven’t specified when they are planning to show up at the premises. […]

Breaking: Court ruling paves way for Rustavi 2’s immediate takeover

By | November 6th, 2015|Categories: Media|

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court Thursday evening dismissed Rustavi 2’s CEO and appointed two persons to run Georgia’s largest TV company until the end of a lawsuit that will decide its ownership. The ruling of the judge, Tamaz Urtmelidze, reads […]

Rustavi 2 loses court case, ownership transferred

By | November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court ruled Tuesday to transfer ownership of one of Georgia’s largest TV channels to a businessman whom the opposition believes is acting on orders from the government. The court decided that 100 percent of shares in Rustavi 2, a TV channel sympathetic to the National Movement, […]

Constitutional Court intervenes in Rustavi 2 dispute

By | November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A violent takeover of the embattled Georgian television station Rustavi 2 has apparently been averted, as the Constitutional Court decided to review a case filed in a lower court about the suspension of the government’s power to immediately enforce a court ruling. […]

Final court hearing about Rustavi 2 ownership postponed

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Media|

Nika Gvaramia called for Rustavi 2 supporters to help defend the TV Channel (Ipn) TBILISI, DFWatch–Trial over ownership of Rustavi 2 was postponed for Friday, amid eerie predictions of its director that the riot police has been put on alert in order to forcibly take over Georgia’s main opposition-leaning TV channel. Nika Gvaramia, […]

Judge asks Rustavi 2 to estimate losses as lawsuit resumes

By | October 26th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The lawsuit about the ownership of an opposition television channel resumed in the city court in Tbilisi on Monday. The judge ordered Rustavi 2’s lawyers to present an estimate of expected losses after the court ordered the seizure of the company’s property. […]

Rustavi 2 director questioned, source of alleged threats named

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office Thursday evening named the person who allegedly passed on messages from the government to the director of a television company. Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia said Wednesday that […]

Rustavi 2 director’s blackmail claim will be investigated

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor General’s Office has launched an investigation prompted by a live TV speech on Wednesday in which the director of Rustavi 2 claimed he was blackmailed. According to the short statement by the Prosecutor General’s […]

Rustavi 2 staff will resist if police try to enforce takeover

By | October 21st, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A day before Tbilisi City Court is to announce a ruling in a lawsuit about Rustavi 2, the director of the TV company went on the air to tell viewers that he was threatened by representatives of the government. Instead of the ordinary news program […]

Rustavi 2 director asks for donations after another setback in court

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Nika Gvaramia and Rustavi 2 employees outside the studio building. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Thursday ordered the seizure of the shares in the company that owns the television channel Rustavi 2. The court ordered the seizure of all shares in TV Sakartvelo, which holds 51 percent of the shares in Rustavi 2. The latter […]

Public Broadcaster talk show faces cancellation in Georgia

By | September 5th, 2015|Categories: Media|

Eka Mishveladze at Pirveli Studia ( Tbilisi, DFWatch – The fourth weekly political TV programme may be cancelled on Georgia, as the Public Broadcaster (GPB) may suspend Pirveli Studia (“First Studio”), soon after announcement of marriage of its hostess with the Secretary General of opposition political party.   […]

One more talk show goes off air in Georgia

By | September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Archil Gamzardia said the show was cancelled to silence him. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One more talk show has been taken off air in Georgia. The Sunday evening program ‘Kviris 2030’, which has been a venue for views close to former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, will end in September, producer Vasil Maglapheridze said on Tuesday. […]

Georgian TV company cancels two talk shows

By | August 31st, 2015|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

Imedi host Inga Grigolia claims the Sunday show’s cancellation is a result of political interference. (Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian TV company on Sunday announced that it will suspend two popular political talk shows ‘temporarily’ until 2016, promising to change their format and offer viewers ‘a new product.’ Imedi’s decision was met with a negative response from viewers. […]

Rustavi 2 owners say seizure may cause bankruptcy

By | August 18th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The owners of Rustavi 2 fear that the seizure of the TV company’s property may cause it to go bankrupt. The court ordered the seizure of Rustavi 2’s property more than a week ago on the grounds of a lawsuit by its former owner Kibar Khalvashi. […]

Tbilisi court allows lawsuit against Rustavi 2

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Kibar Khalvashi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Monday allowed a lawsuit against the TV company Rustavi 2 to proceed. Rustavi 2’s lawyer claims that the lawsuit has no legal basis. The case was filed by the businessman Kibar Khalvashi, who was once […]

Two TV hosts in Georgia accuse govt coalition of pressure

By | March 26th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |

Inga Grigolia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two hosts on the TV channel Imedi accuse the government of trying to put pressure on them, while the company’s management distances themselves from the statements made by their own journalists. […]

Georgia climbs further on press freedom index

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Georgian journalists demonstrating for press freedom in 2011 . (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Press freedom has been improved in Georgia, judging by the latest annual index published by Reporters Without Borders. The country has moved up 15 places and is number 69 among 180 countries. The last time Georgia listed this high was […]

Many journalists leave Georgian TV channel, claim interference

By | December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Media|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Many employees left their jobs at a Georgian TV station on Monday, as a protest against what they say is interference with the independence of their news reporting. Nino Zhizhilashvili was fired from her position as head of Maestro’s news […]

Launch of Ivanishvili’s new talk show postponed till February

By | November 30th, 2014|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s talk show will not go on air until February at the earliest. the businessman who dedicated himself to strengthening civil society after retiring from politics announced his plans for a talk show […]

Ivanishvili plans to host TV show

By | October 7th, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says he wants to host a weekly talk show. This comes after Ivanishvili many times has criticized Georgian media for bias and lack of professionalism. The new talk show is one of two projects presented […]

Georgian lawmaker wants to ban Russian TV channels

By | July 25th, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Giorgi Baramidze, member of parliament for the National Movement. (Interpressnews.) 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 Saturday, but has not yet decided whether to make a formal proposal. Baramidze later explained […]

Georgian government criticizes Maestro TV for bias

By | May 21st, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

Program host Vakho Sanaia on Maestro TV. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government has criticized a TV program for being biased, after it turned the spotlight on promises made by the government in the 2012 election campaign. The target of the government’s criticism is a program on Maestro TV called  […]

Georgian media regulatory body gets new head

By | May 20th, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s National Communications Commission (GNCC) has elected Vakhtang Abashidze as new chairman. This is the first time a head of GNCC has been elected. Abshidze, the only candidate, received the support of all five commission members. During […]

Rustavi 2 director claims police is watching him

By | May 7th, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

Head of Rustavi 2 TV Nika Gvaramia claims he is under surveillance. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian TV company accuses the government of wiretapping and spying on its management and journalists. The accusations were put forth on Tuesday by Nika Gvaramia, director of Rustavi 2, the last major TV channel that remains faithful to former […]

Live interviews of 27 candidates for Public Broadcaster board

By | April 1st, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The 27 candidates for the Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be interviewed live on GPB’s Channel 2 Wednesday and Thursday. After going through a round of interviews, a shortlist of 15 candidates will be sent to parliament, […]

NGO founded by former Georgian PM to offer media training

By | March 18th, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s new organization Citizen is to offer training courses for journalists. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A non-governmental organization founded by former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is to offer training courses for journalists who work for Georgian media outlets. In a statement on Monday, the organization, called Citizen, explained the […]

Georgian ‘propaganda’ TV in South Ossetia was run illegally

By | March 15th, 2014|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

Alania TV later turned into PIK TV. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A parliamentary commission in Georgia has exposed how one television station was operating for years without a license during Saakashvili. The channel, Alania, was found to have close links to the government while Saakashvili was in power and though […]

Georgian lawmaker fined for defamation of Imedi investor

By | December 17th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

One of history’s greatest hoaxes was, according to Time Magazine, this fake news report on Imedi announcing another Russian invasion in March 2010, just weeks before the local election. The caption says: “Medvedev’s statement”. (Screen grab from Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A member of parliament from the National Movement party was fined 50 000 lari (USD 30 000) on Monday for defamation of businessman Joseph Kay. Kay is the investor who took over the control of Imedi TV after the owner, Badri Patarkatsishvili, died […]

Georgia tops media freedom list in Eastern Partnership

By | October 9th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia tops a new survey of media freedom among those eastern European countries that are not members of EU but associated through the Eastern Partnership. The report is called Media Freedom Index in Eastern Partners Countries and was presented in Moldova […]

Two talk show hosts dismissed from the Public Broadcaster

By | September 19th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

Eka Kvesitadze and Davit Paichadze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Public Broadcaster has dismissed Channel 1 talk show hosts Eka Kvesitadze and Davit Paichadze. The two journalists claimed at a press conference on Wednesday that their dismissal, which they learned about the day before, was politically […]

Georgia’s Ivanishvili explains decision to close Channel 9

By | August 24th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says many of Channel 9’s journalists were not professionals. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says journalists and employees of TV9 made a mistake when they closed down the channel immediately after his statement. “Journalists didn’t come to TV9 from BBC and CNN. Many of them weren’t professionals; [they] […]

Several buyers express interest in Channel 9

By | August 20th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TV 9 director Luba Eliashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Several persons have already expressed interest in buying Georgia’s Channel 9, which yesterday stopped functioning. The TV station’s director Luba Eliashvili said to employees gathered outside its office building that several persons already have […]

Update: Channel 9 has gone off air from tonight

By | August 20th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–TV9, a channel affiliated with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, went off air on Monday. It had earelier announced that it would close on September 1. The news program at 21:00 was its final broadcast, with News Director Luba Eliashvili saying goodbye […]

Georgia’s Channel 9 goes off air September 1

By | August 19th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Luba Eliashvili, head of Channel 9’s news division. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Channel 9, a TV company affiliated with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, is to be closed from September 1. Luba Eliashvili, chairman of the TV company’s news division, explained that for the last ten months they have been looking for new owners […]

Georgia preparing switch to digital by 2015

By | May 25th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

Rita Rudusa, regional editor of Mapping Digital Media. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–A conference on digital media was held in Tbilisi May 23-24 to discuss the transition to digital TV, good and bad examples from other countries and positive and negative sides of the process. Media experts from Estonia, Lithuania, UK, Moldova, Russia, […]

Georgia improves on press freedom list

By | May 3rd, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia climbs 15 places on Freedom House’s latest list of press freedom around the world. On the list Freedom of the Press 2013, Georgia is listed as partly free in 96th place with 49 points, up from 111th place and 52 points the year before. […]

OSCE supports reform of public broadcaster

By | March 27th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|

Tbilisi, DFWatch – OSCE supports a draft law to reform Georgia’s public broadcaster, but has some critical remarks. The organization’s media freedom representative, Dunja Mijatović, thinks the amendments of the law on broadcasting can provide for pluralism and transparency […]

Public broadcaster chairman dismissed

By | March 5th, 2013|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Georgian Public Broadcaster board meeting. (Channel 1.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The supervisory board of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has dismissed the company’s chairman because he fired the news chief, allegedly for political reasons. After the change of government in Georgia, TV channels have gone through a period of […]

Georgian Public Broadcaster gets new director

By | December 27th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The supervisory board of Georgia’s Public Broadcaster Wednesday elected a new director as replacement for Giorgi Chanturia, who unexpectedly resigned almost two weeks ago. The board chose Giorgi Baratashvili, who has a background from different […]

Saakashvili to fund free media

By | December 18th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has decided to finance media and non-government organizations and issued a special decree December 17, 2012. A program to contribute to the civil sector and development of free media will […]

Experts ask for legal reform to improve media freedom

By | December 17th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A handful of media experts are calling for legislative reforms to address problems with media freedom in Georgia, and have prepared a draft bill as a first step. The bill would amend the law on broadcasting, and was presented by its authors […]

TV9 becomes general broadcaster

By | November 30th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A TV company affiliated with the governing Georgian Dream coalition is going to become a general broadcaster. Thursday morning it became known that TV 9 will become a general broadcaster, which means that it will have the right to broadcast […]

Georgian PM proposes controversial TV plan

By | November 26th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili claims he is ready to give his TV channel to Georgian Public Broadcaster or transform it into a public broadcaster. He will even finance it for next 20 years with no strings attached. TV 9 was set up about ten […]

Georgian media is partial, report shows

By | November 24th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A new report shows that Georgian TV companies have problems with bringing balanced and objective information. Channel 9, which belongs to Prime Minister Bidizna Ivanishvili, is now positive to the new government, but before the election […]

How Mze TV was taken over and muted

By | November 16th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A former owner of a Georgian TV station claims that he was forced to sell it by the former government. TV Mze (which in Georgian means ‘Sun’) was launched by millionaire Vano Chkhartishvili, a member of parliament before the Rose Revolution in 2003 […]

Rustavi 2 gets new director

By | November 15th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A TV channel controlled by the former Saakashvili’s government on Wednesday got a new director, who used to be former government official. Rustavi 2 is considered to have played a major role during the Rose Revolution in 2003 and used to be […]

Forbes editor takes over Georgian TV station

By | November 14th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A former editor of Forbes Georgia has been appointed as new director of Imedi TV, which used to be one of the government-controlled channels during the previous government. Shortly after the parliamentary election, the former owners of Imedi made […]

TV Sakartvelo becomes TV Tabula

By | October 31st, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian TV viewers will get a new channel in the near future, to be produced by the owners of the magazine Tabula. The new channel will be focused on news and will probably go on air in January 2013. The editor of the new channel will be Tabula […]

Calls to remove chair of public broadcaster

By | October 27th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The audit agency in Georgia wants the chair of the Public Broadcaster to be changed, while groups demand reforms in GPB to return it to people and free broadcaster from government control. Online newspaper conducted a […]

PIK’s fate still uncertain

By | October 26th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — It is still unknown what will happen to a Russian language TV channel based in Georgia. PIK TV is one of the channels run by the Georgian Public Broadcaster. Since October 12, PIK has been had reduced programming, broadcasting old material […]

PIK journalists out of a job

By | October 20th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s Public Broadcaster has abolished its contract with the Russian language TV station PIK, which has been off the air since October 19. PIK, or First Informational Caucasian, was a channel belonging to Georgia’s Public Broadcaster. It […]

NGO coalition asks for action on media independence

By | October 19th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Civic groups in Georgia Friday presented an eight-point plan for how to improve the media environment in the country. Coalition for Media Advocacy, which unites twelve non-government organizations (NGOs), considers it important to make […]

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

By | October 18th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Another pro-government television station has been sold in the wake of the parliamentary election in Georgia: Real TV. Real TV, which was a competitor to Rustavi 2 and Imedi TV, and contained pro-government news, shortly after election […]

Confusion about what will happen to Imedi TV

By | October 17th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A government-controlled TV channel is in the process of be transferred back to the family of its old owner, the deceased businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili. The return of Imedi TV to its fonder’s family has become the hottest topic on social networks […]

Saakashvili regime gives up control over Imedi TV

By | October 16th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The director of a government-controlled TV channel and a key figure after the rose revolution has left his position. Control over Imedi TV was Tuesday evening handed over to the family of the deceased businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, who owned […]

PIK journalists protest with silent news

By | October 16th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Journalists of TV channel PIK Monday evening expressed protest in an unusual way: When viewers tuned in to their news program at 22:20, they could watch the journalists live – in complete silence. PIK, or First News Caucasian, belongs to Georgian […]

Tax amnesty to benefit pro-government TV

By | October 16th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The government is offering TV stations exemption from paying outstanding tax debts. This will mostly benefit two pro-government TV stations. Acting Finance Minister Alexandre Khetaguri said Monday that broadcasters will be allowed to pay reduced fees […]

Government’s hold over TV is crumbling

By | October 7th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — There is a crisis in pro-government TV in Georgia, after an opposition coalition won the parliamentary election. October 5, several well-known anchors and journalists at Imedi TV, which is controlled by Saakashvili’s government, each wrote on their […]

Rustavi 2 founders call for independence

By | October 6th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

The founders of Rustavi 2, a TV company are fighting to get back control which they claimed was forcefully deprived from them. Rustavi 2 played an important role in the rose revolution in 2003, which brought President Mikheil Saakashvili to power, but later became completely […]

Georgian voters to get political debates

By | August 30th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The ruling party says the current parliamentary speaker and the prime minister will represent it in election debates. Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili is the National Movement’s candidate for prime minister in the election. The chair of the public […]

Investigative journalist beaten during assignment

By | August 23rd, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A journalist and a cameraman were beaten while investigating the illegal cutting of trees in eastern Georgia. Journalists Vasil Dabrundashvili and his cameraman Bacho Buliskeria, who work for the production company Studio GNS, visited the town Akhmeta […]

Man sentenced to 20 days in jail for beating cameraman

By | August 18th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Police have arrested a man accused of beating a cameraman working for an opposition affiliated media outlet. The man has been sentenced to twenty days in jail. The incident took place August 15 in front of the municipality building in […]

Georgia’s ruling party concealing commercials as public ads

By | August 15th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A new report concludes that some of the public service ads in Georgia contain a political message. The report is based on observation of several TV stations and shows that public service ads don’t meets the standards and are in reality covert […]

Almost 200 000 households can watch government-critical TV

By | August 14th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s National Communications Commission (GNCC) Monday published data about the implementation of the must-carry and must-offer principles. 193 642 subscribers are now able to watch Channel 9, an opposition affiliated TV channel, which was […]

Journalist stalkers in Georgia continue unhindered

By | August 10th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – For more than a month, journalists with an opposition-leaning news service in Georgia have been followed around by a group of unknown people while trying to do their work. The stalkers carry cameras and microphones, but do not appear to have an […]

Georgia’s small broadcasters protest strict campaign rules

By | August 10th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s National Communications Commission (GNCC) claims that broadcasters will be forced to air free political commercials, even if they don’t air paid commercials. Regional broadcasters say it is an incorrect interpretation of the law, which will […]

One unquoted word created crisis in Georgian media

By | August 9th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A report sent out by a Georgian news agency led to controversy Tuesday. GHN’s report said that after Russia became involved in the war in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008, it legally brought military equipment into the region. This report was read […]

Georgians get more TV channels, temporarily

By | August 7th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The must-carry and must-offer principle is starting to have effect also around Georgia’s different regions. People living in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second largest city after the capital, report that they are already able to watch Channel 9, Maestro and Kavkazia […]

A historic first: A Georgian newspaper fined for libel

By | August 6th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The popular newspaper Alia, which has been published in Georgia since 1995, has been fined about USD 30 000 for libel against a well-known actor. The newspaper printed an article which accused actor Otar Koberidze, a favorite of President Mikheil […]

Media regulatory body denies harassment

By | April 12th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The media regulatory body in Georgia Thursday said a cable station was trying to politicize the situation in order to divert attention from its own violations. The body has fined Trialeti TV 5 000 lari (about USD 3 000) for broadcasting on a […]

Youth protested against the fining of a TV station

By | April 11th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Around ten youth activists today protested outside the Georgian National Communication Commission against the fining of a regional television station. Irakli Beraia, one of the activists, says the fine is an attempt by the government to suppress […]

Why newspapers are sold from bicycle stands in Tbilisi

By | February 8th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – In the Georgian capital, news hungry citizens can now get their daily update from a bright red bicycle. The reason the new mobile newsstand is hitting the streets is that City Hall has removed many of the old permanent booths. Since last December, independent […]

Want new rules for media watchdog

By | February 2nd, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - A civil rights group in Georgia wants a new set of rules to ensure that the country's media watchdog becomes more independent. Georgian Young Lawyer's Association (GYLA) last year criticized the present chair of the communications regulatory commission, Irakli Chikovani, for having a conflict of interest. In a study GYLA found [...]

Pressured Georgian media reaffirm defense group

By | February 1st, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Media workers in the former Soviet republic of Georgia met Wednesday to reaffirm their mutual pledge to support eachother in case of harassment from authorities. “The main goal is to fight against illegal actions, protecting each other and solidarity when the media is in trouble,” says Mamuka Glonti, who took the [...]

Georgians still trust their TV, despite hoax of the century

By | January 24th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Time Magazine called it one of the greatest hoaxes in history. But 33% of Georgians still trust the channel that scared them out of their wits. That's one the findings Eurasian Partnership Foundation's program called Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) presented Monday. Internationally it's called the hoax news, but locally it [...]

Lawsuit against Ivanishvili’s new TV

By | January 18th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The new TV station being established by people around Georgian opposition financier Bidzina Ivanishvili is being sued. It’s called Igrika and was recently bought by a company which is owned by the wife of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the billionaire who has said he plans to run in the election this fall and [...]

TV staff jailed in Tbilisi

By | January 5th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Two employees of a TV station in Tbilisi who were arrested four days ago have been sentenced by a court to fifty days pretrial detention. The two are employed by one of the two opposing sides of a crisis-struck Maestro TV. The independent cable station was split after its manager broke into the [...]

New media protection group formed

By | January 4th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Representatives of Georgian media gathered today at the office of Obiektivi, an internet based radio and television outfit, to prepare the draft of a memorandum for a new media association, which will be called Solidarity for Freedom of the Media. The new association is the initiative of Mamuka Glonti, the co-founder [...]

Where did the newsstands go?

By | December 30th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Representatives of the media, press distributors and other supporters gathered Friday in front of the Holiday Inn at the center of Tbilisi to once again protest against the situation created around the newspapers and press distributing kiosks. ‘We light, Saakashvili darkens’ – this was the message written on fliers that rally participants were [...]

New details about who owns Georgian TV stations

By | December 29th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian TV stations have released information about who owns them. It has long been a general impression, but hard to prove, that Georgian TV stations are controlled by the government. The information substantiates these suspicions and shows to what extent persons around the country’s president have a stake in the broadcasting media. This [...]

Access to media crucial in 2012 election

By | December 28th, 2011|Categories: Elections, Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - As a bundle of election related bills are up for final review in parliament, it became clear Tuesday that the ruling party is against a proposal prepared by media workers about how to conduct monitoring of media fairness during the election campaign. The proposal concerns changes to the Election Code and the law [...]

Want strengthened protection of media

By | December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Editor of newspaper Rezonansi Eliso Chapidze (pictured) and a group of media workers Friday submitted a bill to parliament, asking for strengthened protection of journalists ahead of next year's parliamentary eleciton. The authors of the bill asks to create the conditions so journalists can work in accordance with international standards. One of their [...]

Georgian newspapers are being strangled

By | December 21st, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - One of the chain of newspapers outlets in Tbilisi tell of a more than 80% drop in sales. The reason is that city hall has physically torn down most of their kiosks. The press association warns that that this could kill free press in the country. This was the gloomy forecast laid out at [...]

Media picketed president’s palace

By | December 20th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian media workers Monday continued the campaign to raise awareness of the pressure they are coming under on several fronts. Employees of an evicted TV station joined newspaper staff to picket the president’s residence in Avlabari in the center of Tbilisi. Many people wore a red tie symbolizing that the media doesn’t have [...]

Media to have common defense

By | December 19th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - An attack on one is an attack on all. That’s the principle for a new organization formed today by heads and representatives of several Georgian media units. Within one week a working group will prepare a set of rules for how to coordinate a common response when attacks happen. The initiative comes in [...]


By | December 16th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Journalists working for an embattled Georgian TV station today called for solidarity and announced that they will found a new media unit. The rally took place in front of a local police building on Nutsubidze Plateau, not far from the center of Tbilisi, and the main demand is that they be allowed to [...]

‘Government wants to shut down Maestro’

By | November 30th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The crisis continues at independent Georgian TV station Maestro, as suspicion is growing that the interference is politically motivated. Financier Bidzina Ivanishvili for the first time came to Maestro’s studios Tuesday evening for a live conversation on a regular discussion program called Pirdapiri Saubari (Direct Talk). Wednesday morning before daylight, the station's manager [...]

TV station under siege!

By | November 30th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Journalists at Maestro were pacing nervously around in the TV station’s yard Wednesday afternoon, still physically prevented by police from entering their studios to reestablish normal broadcasting. Inside the studios, behind locked doors, producer Mamuka Glonti was leading an emergency broadcast with a few other journalists and technicians, who managed to enter before [...]

2007 rerun! Independent TV taken off air

By | November 30th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - An independent TV station in Tbilisi was taken off air Wednesday morning, the day after businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili was on live from their studios. Police have surrounded their studios and most journalists are not allowed in, but the station's director and a few journalists are inside,broadcasting short updates. Many regard what is happening as [...]

Georgian press makes a stand

By | November 29th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian publishers, journalists, editors and others rallied in front of Tbilisi’s City Hall high rise Tuesday to protest against a new plan to replace the capital’s newsstands. The project is called ‘1000 Booths’ and will according to representatives of the media involve removing most of the newspaper sales points which have been a [...]

Writer quits after threats against family

By | October 24th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The script writer for a new TV show has broken off his cooperation with businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, due to threats against his family. Zviad Bliadze was recently signed up to be the writer for an animated satire show that is to be financed by Ivanishvili, called Dardubala. But his family members were threatened [...]

Fired for expressing their opinion

By | October 23rd, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - In 2011, several journalists have lost their job for simply expressing their opinion on the internet. The ability to freely acquire and distribute information should be recognized as a basic human right. That was the message from media commentators from the three south Caucasus countries who had gathered in Tbilisi this weekend to [...]

Media watchdog chairman accused of conflict of interest

By | October 19th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The chair of Georgia's media regulatory commission keeps back from interfering when TV stations break the advertising rules. His inaction as a watchdog leader is to his own personal benefit. The chair, Irakli Chikovani, has a 35% share in Magi Style Media Ltd, which sells TV airtime to advertisers. Therefore, the chairman's private [...]

Georgian media answers hopeful patron

By | October 12th, 2011|Categories: Media, News, Politics|Tags: |

Journalists Wednesday responded to the wealthiest Georgian Bidzina Ivanishvili's call for them to form an alliance to unseat Mikheil Saakashvili, while experts debated whether Georgia had the right to revoke his citizenship. Tuesday night, the tycoon-turned-politicians had the support of at least the viewers, if not the staff, of two small cable TV stations which have [...]

TV channels vying for financier’s political debut

By | October 11th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

The public broadcaster and two independent TV stations are competing to carry the political debut of Georgia's richest man. First, the public broadcaster released a statement saying it invites the Georgian billionaire on to their Channel 1 to answer the questions from journalists. The financier had asked before the weekend to be let on the channel. [...]

Investor-politician gets cold shoulder from Georgian media

By | October 8th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

The billionaire businessman who said he would run in the next election has received a cold shoulder from two independent TV stations he said he wants to buy. Bidzina Ivanishvili's extensive written statement about his political goals, which was published on Friday October 7, focuses particular attention on Georgian television. While criticizing President Saakashvili's regime, Ivanishvili [...]

Journalists take Georgian police to court over May 26 beating

By | October 4th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

Three journalists and four media companies filed an administrative lawsuit at Tbilisi city court Tuesday morning against Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs, asking to be compensated for the injuries they sustained in the night of May 26, when police violently dispersed a protest rally ahead of an Independence Day parade. The journalists presented the court with [...]

Gate crashing the President’s vineyard

By | September 27th, 2011|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

The reason journalist Shalva Ramishvili wanted to get into Mikheil Saakashvili's vineyard on Sunday was that the president was hosting a number of other TV journalists there. Georgian TV viewers have become accustomed to these events, which are often broadcast live on several of the national channels, all of which are widely believed to be under [...]