Media
New hurdle for GPB reforms
24 April, 2014
A special group will work on the issue of the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The group will try to solve the deadlock created around the GPB board after the verdict of the Constitutional Court. Majority member Eliso Chapidze claims that the court made a decision that would disturb the reform of the Public Broadcaster. Last year the Parliament amended the Law on Broadcasting, introducing a new rule for the formation of the Board of Trustees of GPB. The new rule envisaged pre-term termination of the authority of seven current members of the Board from January 2014. In December 2013 however, six members of the board filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court arguing that the termination of their authority was illegal and unconstitutional.
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IAGJ Condemns Detention of Journalists
17 April, 2014
A group of Georgian journalists, including Bella Zakaidze, cameraman Vakhtang Lekiashvili, and assistant Mikheil Mikhoev, were detained in the village of Adzvi by Russian militants who have been occupying Georgian territories since the war in 2008. As the chief producer of the broadcasting company TV3 Maia Chuchulashvili told InterPressNews, the camera crew was detained by Russian occupants when they were visiting the village to cover the incident of Russians relocating the border into the village of Adzvi. The journalist had to report live from the scene at 17:00, but they lost contact.
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New hurdle for GPB reforms
17 April, 2014
A special group will work on the issue of the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The group will try to solve the deadlock created around the GPB board after the verdict of the Constitutional Court. Majority member Eliso Chapidze claims that the court made a decision that would disturb the reform of the Public Broadcaster. Last year the Parliament amended the Law on Broadcasting, introducing a new rule for the formation of the Board of Trustees of GPB. The new rule envisaged pre-term termination of the authority of seven current members of the Board from January 2014. In December 2013 however, six members of the board filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court arguing that the termination of their authority was illegal and unconstitutional.
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Who needs TV ratings?
27 March, 2014
Audit Department of the Revenue Service continues its inventory check of TV MR GE, the licensed representative of Nielsen Television Audience Measurement
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IAGJ deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine 
23 January, 2014
According to reports by local media organizations and IAGJ (independent Association of Georgian Journalists) partners in Ukraine, at least 26 journalists were injured during the clashes between police and protesters in Kiev on 19 and 21 January. Most of the reporters were wounded by stun grenades or rubber bullets used by the police while dispersing a rally in central Kiev.
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Speculations about GPB
16 January, 2014
Georgian civil sector representatives are questioning governmental policies concerning the freedom and public orientation of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB).The Coalition for Media Advocacy (CMA), which unites eleven civil society and media organizations, protested the current situation and appealed to parliament with a petition which over 550 individuals have already signed.
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IFJ wary of State Involvement in Media Contracts
26 December, 2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its grave concern that broadcasting licenses and advertising contracts in Georgia are being unfairly awarded to organizations with close connections to government officials and members of political parties. According to IFJ’s Georgian affiliate, the Independent Association of Georgian Journalists (IAGJ), the Georgia’s state-run body, the National Communication Commission, which is responsible for awarding broadcasting licenses, earlier this year awarded the private broadcasting license for Tbilisi to an organization called Energy Group, which is partly owned by Georgian politician Kakha Baindurashvili. He is also president of the public body, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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“Investigation in Gori”
24 October, 2013
“Muted” 2008 War Movie of Dutch Military Journalist

A Dutch military journalist made a documentary about his cameraman who got killed in the explosion that rocked the Gori centre on 12 August 2008. The film “Investigation in Gori – Death of Stan Storimans” by Jeroen Akkermans does not stop by this tragic event and goes to review the war-torn Georgia and developments unfolding around it at that time. As for the media casualties, the August war claimed lives of another two media representatives: journalist Giga Chikhladze and photographer Aleksandre Klimchuk of TV Company Alania were killed in the outskirts of Tskhinvali.
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“THIS MUST FINISH”
26 September, 2013
Broadcaster?Political war on Public

The expression “He who rules Rome rules the world” is interpreted in Georgia as “He who rules ‘Public Broadcaster’ rules the public”. Elections are approaching and the political temperature goes higher. The hidden-up-till-now war to take hold of the Public channel has turned into a direct confrontation.
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Media ‘Rtveli’ in Kakheti – journalists make wine themselves
09 September, 2013
A group of media representatives set aside their microphones, video cameras and voice recorders for a day to try their skills
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Publishing house “Palitra L”, in recognition of World Book Day, took part in a book fair organized in Rustaveli Theater.
Fifty bulldogs and and their owners went back to school on Monday. The canines and their human companions traveled to the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Most of us would probably agree that looking back is much easier than gazing into the future. Evaluating the past is extremely important but having a more or less unmistakably calculated vision of prospective hazards or opportunities should be even more significant. If on the eve of political upheaval of the beginning of those roaring nineties of the 20th century in the former USSR the Georgian political leadership of that time and the nation’s intellectual elite had had a clearer perspective of those devastating incipient developments, Georgia might have endured the end-of-soviet-era economic social and political “earthquakes” much easier and with minimized pains and losses.
A special group will work on the issue of the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The group will try to solve the deadlock created around the GPB board after the verdict of the Constitutional Court. Majority member Eliso Chapidze claims that the court made a decision that would disturb the reform of the Public Broadcaster. Last year the Parliament amended the Law on Broadcasting, introducing a new rule for the formation of the Board of Trustees of GPB. The new rule envisaged pre-term termination of the authority of seven current members of the Board from January 2014. In December 2013 however, six members of the board filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court arguing that the termination of their authority was illegal and unconstitutional.
The pre-election campaign has begun and society already knows the candidates of the main competitor parties. The candidate of Georgian Dream David Narmania will face the candidate of National Movement Nika Melia as his main competitor. Georgian Journal talked with Guram Chakhvadze about the chances of the candidate of Georgian Dream and about the pre-election campaign.
The problem of the Sakdrisi-Kachagiani gold mine still remains unsolved. An initiative group consisting of students, NGO representatives and environmental activists are camping nearby the mine, stressing that the company RMG gold has started excavation work on a section of the mine that is historical heritage of the country. The initiative group states that they have footage proving the illegal action and claim that they will deliver the evidence to law-enforcers. Caves and mining tools discovered at the site during a 2004 excavation by the National Museum of Georgia and the German Mining Museum are believed to date to the third millennium, BC.
But in its March 14, 2014 decision, the Ministry of Culture cited a supposed lack of proof that Sakdrisi had ever functioned as a gold mine as a reason for lifting the site’s protected status as a “cultural monument.” For the past eight years, Sakdrisi had enjoyed protection, a designation that prevented mining at the site, located near the village of Kazreti, where a vast copper mine owned by RMG Gold’s sibling, RMG Copper, is located.
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The Establishment again began making guesses about the possibility of appointing a ‘Russia’s man’ to govern Georgia and at the same time they recalled Mikheil Saakashvili’s divulged Kiev-Moscow-Tbilisi voyage. We spoke with the leader of the National Movement and MP Mikheil Saakashvili.
Q. – In his interview with the Russian press, President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze stressed that three or four young men can be his successors but he doesn’t mention a Mikheil, i.e. Saakashvili…
A. – My heart would burst if Shevardnadze mentioned me as his successor. Actually, his rhetoric implying three or four young men as his successors is bluff and hypocrisy, because Shevardnadze told me personally that he meant me as his successor. He also personally told Zurab Zhvania that he’d be his successor; he also said this to Shashiashvili and several other governors (!). I also know that up till now he is telling different people that they will substitute him but I’m sure – as soon as the President believes that there indeed is his alternative, the person will automatically find himself in the opposite camp cast there personally by Shevardnadze.
Q. – Under the situation when the interests of the USA and Russia clash in Georgia, a government of which orientation can come to power in the country?
A. – I don’t think the USA will seriously get involved in the processes of our home policy. But Russia probably has and will have attempt it. It’s to be mentioned separately that Putin himself has learnt to use civilized language with the West and the fact that Putin publicly abased the President of Georgia at the CIS summit indicates that he doesn’t consider Georgia to be a force deserving reckoning with. If I were a Russian I’d like Putin as an energetic and nationalist person who knows well what his country needs, but as a Georgian I’m offended to see the Georgian government and President in such a humiliated situation.
Russia displays much more interest towards Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and even Moldova than Georgia and this isn’t the Georgian people’s fault. This happens due to the government’s policy which isn’t oriented at Georgia’s interests. What’s more, you can’t demand from Russia to consider our interests. I’m not and even can’t be against the Russian capital, but in a democratic country business and politics should exist separately. But when politics merges with business then we deal with mafia-controlled structures.

The special state commission that was researching the reasons of the Georgia-Russia war of August 2008 has wrapped up its work. Defense Minister Irakli Alasania has stated that the results of the survey will be introduced to Georgian society soon, presumably, by the end of the month. The opposition UNM members claim that the research might be politically motivated, aiming at political pressure on the United National Movement members prior to the local self-government elections scheduled for June 15. The commission was established at the Ministry of Defense in August 2013. According to the statements made by Minister Alasania then the research would not be political, it would be a military, tactical, operative and strategic evaluation of the combat operations with the goal of improving the future strategy of the Georgian army.
Georgian Journal talked with political expert Nika Chitadze about the candidate of the National Movement Nika Melia and the chances of the party in upcoming elections. The National Movement lost the last two elections which became crucial for the party. We are interested in how the Georgian political expert sees the future of the National Movement in both cases, if the party wins or loses the elections.
The Georgian agriculture loans portfolio has increased more than five-fold from GEL 59 million to GEL 318 million within a year, this in the framework of the state initiated Preferential Agro-Credit project. The project started on 27 March 2013 and implies State co-financing of banking credits for farmers and agriculture related enterprises to boost the sluggish agriculture sector of Georgia. 14,100 preferential credits with a total volume of GEL 318 million were disbursed in more than 30 agriculture branches, statistics show. 70 new processing enterprises were set up and 400 old ones were renovated. The result is estimated as positive but far from satisfactory because similar statistics show a staggering imbalance in the credits’ redistribution between the east and west parts of the country.
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