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  • annak 4:15 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arveladze, , Code of Conduct for Broadcasters, , human rights, Imedi, media   

    Imedi’s Requiem of Georgian Dream 

    Debates continue about what Imedi TV did on March 13th, and the Director of the channel doesn’t intend to resign or punish anyone as yet. We’ll still need to investigate who needed this experiment and what was the purpose. One is clear, the most trusted TV Channel logically arrived to the end of what it’s been doing for many months – but made it big this time.

    Thank you bloggers, who really care for media’s integrity and the public, you helped me write a post for Global Voices about Imedi’s violation of not only the Code of Conduct for Broadcasters, or professional ethics, but most importantly – violation of its people’s human rights.

    • ZAREMA 11:45 am on March 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks the author for article. The main thing do not forget about users, and continue in the same spirit.

    • Terrell Starr 10:37 am on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed, journalism integrity is essential to the world. Without it, the world will be nothing more than the wild, wild west.

  • annak 5:22 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activism, Erica Hagen, , Kibera, MapKibera, media, Mikel Maron, , open maps, Ushahidi   

    TEDx Kibera 

    Mikel and Erica went to Nairobi about three months ago to map a huge, in fact, second large slum in Africa after Soweto, with the population of over one million. Here’s what their project website says:

    “Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, widely known as Africa’s largest slum, remains a blank spot on the map. Without basic knowledge of the geography and resources of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed discussion on how to improve the lives of residents. This November, young Kiberans create the first public digital map of their own community.”

    I was lucky to meet some of the mappers and some other community leaders working in Kibera at TEDx Kibera in December. Mikel also talked there about MapKibera, social meaning of mapping, also about Voice of Kibera – community media news aggregator from Kibera built on Ushahidi and MapKibera. Here’s a part of his talk.

  • annak 7:14 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kitsmarishvili, Maestro, media, Saakashvili, Sarah Marcus, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, World Editors Forum   

    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.

  • annak 1:35 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activists, , , , Freelandia, media, , pressure, , ,   

    We Support Batumelebi 

    Parallel to opening of International movie Festival in Amirani cinema today, Batumelebi supporters gathered at the entrance were expressing support to Batumelebi newspaper. Media center, independent journalists, bloggers, journalism students, those who just knew them gathered to resist the Special Operations Department’s pressure over the newspaper. Freelandia gives report and photos from the protest, they will help you get the feeling of the protest.

  • annak 10:56 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Batumi, , media, , Tedo Jorbenadze   

    Batumelebi gets blackmailing threats 

    Batumelebi Attempt of blackmailing of Batumelebi, independent weekly newspaper of Batumi, Ajara, famous for its investigative reports and quality journalism, caused a buzz among those who blog about media, Media Helping Media also reported about the threats.

    Batumelebi says that on 25 November, Tedo Jorbenadze, the head of the newspaper’s investigative journalism unit, was summoned to the Interior Ministry to discuss some “personal matters.” According to the newspaper, Jorbenadze informed the director and editor-in-chief before going along for the meeting, but they were not allowed to accompany him. Jorbenadze says officials from Georgia’s Special Operations Department (SOD) showed him what appeared to be cropped black and white photographs of the journalist with some semi naked men. The newspaper claims Jorbenadze was told that the images would be released and circulated on the internet if he didn’t offer the authorities “assistance and cooperation.”

    • annak 11:47 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you would like to support freedom of press in Georgia, join us! Come today, December 1st, at 7pm to movie theater Amirani.

  • annak 6:09 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #eminadnan, Adnan Hajizade, Azeri, , Caucasus, Emin Milli, , Kosmoshow, media, parvana Persiani, wbf2009   


    Baku’s one of the regional courts sentenced the bloggers Emin Milli to 2.5 years and Adnan Hajizade to 2 years of imprisonment on charge of hooliganism on November 11.
    If for many different reasons you haven’t heard of the whole story that was extensively covered by Global Voices, or if you wish to support, you could do it on the support blog.
    The court case#EminAdnan coincided with World blogging Forum, which made a statement of support for #EminAdnan.
    You could probably also support by spreading a word/tweets with #EminAdnan hashtag, re-posting, trascribing or translating in any known to you languages, appearances of Parvana Persiani, youth movement activist and campaigner for Azeri bloggers, who spoke at the WBF panel. She was on Kosmoshow day before the trial, was also interviewed by Global Voices’ Onnik Krikorian on the first and second day I believe.
    Although the trial was not the hottest topic for absolute majority of the Georgian social media contributors, still having couple bloggers (Dodka and Cyxymi) representing Georgia at the WBF2009, helped to interest few others in here.
    All day Dodka was tweeting from WBF about the case. Later Giga Paichadze aka Dv0rsky retweeted and posted about it also blaming Georgian media “that is fighting for freedom of expression and does not notice” such a big event next door, however some links in comments indicated that media has covered the trial and arrest of Azeri bloggers. One of the links came from Tazo, Freelandia author, who did one of the longest posts explaining background, current situation and also mentioning of some activist talking about protesting in front of Azerbaijan Embassy in Tbilisi. He published this story in Rezonance daily as well.

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