Opposition, Rustaveli avenue, "Freedom square" metro station. Photo of "Caucasian Knot"

09 June 2009, 23:40

In Georgia, journalists demand ensuring freedom of mass media

On June 8, several dozens of Georgian journalists and members of NGOs held a protest action at the building of the National Commission for Communications with a demand to ensure the freedom of mass media.

By means of this protest action, the media representatives expressed their disagreement with the Commission's refusal to grant a satellite broadcasting license to the "Maestro" Independent TV Company. The Company is considered to be oppositional.

Mamuka Glonti, one of the organizers of the action and head of the "Maestro", told journalists that "in Georgia, dissemination of independent and objective information is highly complicated," as reported by the "Interfax" Agency.

The participants of the action fastened their mouths, exposed posters "Freedom to the word!" and blocked traffic in one of the streets for a couple of minutes.

The National Commission for Communications should have considered licensing of the "Maestro" last week; however, it postponed the sitting referring to the absence of quorum. Journalists have promised to continue their protest actions, as reported by Channel One.

"June 5 was the deadline for the Commission to decide on issuing a license on satellite broadcasting to the 'Maestro'. But the sitting was postponed. I think the reason was that they have not enough imagination to invent the reason for refusal," said Mr Glonti at a briefing on June 5.

We remind you that broadcasting of "Maestro" in Rustavi was stopped on May 30. Shortly before the stop, as reported by Mamuka Glonti, managers of the cable television of Rustavi contacted him and said that they had been pressed by the authorities to stop broadcasting of his Company.

Form of mobile communication
SMS: 8 903-767-6060
Know more? Do not be silent!
Lt feedback banner
All news

June 24, 2017 23:41

  • Court obliges MoF to pay 100,000 roubles to compensate Sochi pensioners for criminal case

    Today, the court ruling of May 24 has come into force, according to which the Russia's Ministry of Finance (MoF) has to pay 100,000 roubles to Klara and Valentin Donchi-Ool, a pensioners' family couple from Sochi, in compensation for moral harm suffered from a criminal case unlawfully opened against them. The amount awarded by the court is ten times smaller than the spouses had claimed in their lawsuit; however, they will not challenge the ruling.

June 24, 2017 14:12

June 24, 2017 12:04

June 24, 2017 07:24

June 24, 2017 06:22

  • Dagestani residents give more than 1500 historical photographs for exhibition "Portrait of the Nation"

    Organizers of the exhibition "Dagestan: Portrait of the Nation" offered residents of the republic, who had in their family archives photos from the 19th and early 20th centuries to take part in the art project. As a result, the organizers received 1500 works, of which they selected for the exhibition more than 300. Besides, the exposition presents works from leading museums of Russia, Georgia, and the United States.

News archive