Ensure that your government fully respects the principles of a free and independent press

This is what letter of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and the World Editors Forum addressed to President Saakashvili says (read the letter here), expressing concern about blackmailing attempts toward Batumelebi newspaper.

Sarah Marcus, freelance journalist based in Tbilisi talks in her Telegraph.co.uk blog about differing media challenges to President Saakashvili also commenting on Saakashvili’s former supporter, Erosi Kitsmarishvili’s plans on Maestro.