journalists’ working conditions

Georgia’s public defender calls on law enforcement to prosecute perpetrators of July 5 violence

By | July 27th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Public Defender Nino Lomjaria. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s public defender calls on law enforcement bodies to react to the violent attacks on journalists during the night of July 5 and the following days and make the results public. After crowds of ultra conservatives hunted down journalists in the street and beat them in the night of July 5 [...]

Rally in Tbilisi calls for PM’s resignation after death of cameraman beaten in July 5 violence

By | July 11th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Rally organizers demanded the resignation of PM Irakli Garibashvili, as well as a full independent investigation of the death of TV cameraman Lekso Lashkarava. (Interpressnews.) Opposition parties, journalists and civil society activists are protesting in the center of Tbilisi on Sunday, demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister, after the death of a cameraman who was [...]

Far-right activists violently assault TV journalists in Tbilisi, six detained

By | March 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Giorgi Gabunia. TBILISI, DFWatch–Six men were detained after a group of nationalists assaulted reporters working for the opposition leaning TV channel Rustavi 2 in Tbilisi on Monday. At least one journalist was injured. The TV channel’s sports reporter Davit Eradze was hospitalized […]

Three journalists attacked at restaurant in Tbilisi

By | January 13th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Three journalists with an opposition-leaning television statin were attacked Tuesday evening in Tbilisi. Levan Sutidze, journalist of Tabula, wrote on his Facebook page that three people attacked three journalists of Tabula. In addition to himself, […]

Man accused of attacking journalist released on bail

By | March 8th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Saturday released on bail a man suspected of beating a photojournalist and damaging his camera on March 4. The suspect, who is around 21 years old, was released on a 3,000 laris (about USD 1,500) bail pending the first […]

Georgian opposition party’s board member helped beat journalist

By | March 5th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Info9.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia have detained a suspect after Wednesday evening’s attack on a photo reporter during an anti-government demonstration. Photographer Irakli Gedenidze from Interpressnews was beaten and had his camera damaged while […]

Journalist beaten in Tbilisi

By | March 5th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A photo journalist was beaten at a political demonstration in Tbilisi on Wedneday. Irakli Gedenidze, who works for new agency Interpressnews, came to Roses Square to cover a rally against the falling lari rate organized by the Reformers, Free Georgia […]

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 […]

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 […]

Channel 9 journalist blackmailed

By | July 30th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian Ombudsman says the blackmailing of a journalist working for the opposition affiliated Channel 9 TV contains the signs of a crime. Journalist Nodar Chachua, who used to work for one of the three pro-government channels, says he was […]

TV studio robbed, suspects political reasons

By | July 24th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – An independent TV studio in Georgia had its offices robbed, and suspects political reasons. Studio Monitor, which makes investigative reports for Maestro TV, was subject to a break-in on July 22. Its main work deals with producing […]

Media freedom used as weapon in Georgian politics

By | July 14th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Do you know the deductive method? Who was Jack London? What is Watergate? These are some of the important questions an unknown woman recently asked a reporter for info9, again and again, apparently in order to keep him from doing […]

Stalkers with cameras followed journalist for a week

By | July 5th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A journalist from an online media outlet financed by Channel 9 has been stalked for a week by a group of up to ten people with video cameras asking her weird questions. Ekaterine Dugladze is a journalist at, a new website financed by Channel 9, […]

Legitimacy of Georgian election may be questioned

By | June 13th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A democracy campaign in Georgia says recent developments may put in doubt the legitimacy of the whole election if the Saakashvili regime does not take immediate measures. The campaigners are particularly alarmed by the recent […]

Tough work conditions for Georgian journalists

By | June 13th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Journalists in Georgia have been intimidated without the legal system properly reacting, according to a new report by Transparency International Georgia. “The law enforcement agencies are investigating these cases but they rarely end up with […]

Journalists rallied outside justice ministry in Tbilisi

By | May 26th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Groups organized rally in front of Justice Ministry on Friday to protest against a number of incidents of violation of journalist rights, and verbal and physical abuse. They demand to launch an objective investigation of each incident. For the […]

Journalists in Georgia want to talk to President Saakashvili

By | May 23rd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Journalists in Georgia demand to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili and ask him about a series of cases of harassment and violation of their rights. The appeal is backed by 24 media units. On May 25, journalists are planning to hold a protest […]

Journalists’ rights are still under pressure in Georgia

By | May 13th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – After a series of incidents with security and police, journalists gathered in Tbilisi to share their stories and inform foreign diplomats. Association of Regional Broadcasters had prepared a documentary based on material from regional reporters. […]

Violence against journalists on World Press Freedom Day

By | May 7th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – During several days, while the whole world was celebrating World Press Freedom Day, journalists have been violated, insulted, beaten or deprived of their cameras and belongings in Georgia, writes Tamar Chugoshvili, leader of Georgian Young Lawyer’s […]

Police in Georgia censored independent reporters

By | May 6th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Police in Georgia Friday intervened in the work of several independent journalists, but let the government-controlled TV work freely. The victims were covering the discovery of an explosive device in the center of Zugdidi, a town in western Georgia. […]

Saakashvili’s guards kicked journalist in the head

By | May 5th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – For three days, journalists from Kutaisi in the west of Georgia have been complaining about harassment by the President and Interior Minister’s guards. On May 2, president Mikheil Saakashvili was giving a speech at the city’s theatre. Nodar Jojua, […]

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 [...]