georgia tv head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle
Last Updated : GMT 12:45:25
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Last Updated : GMT 12:45:25
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Media » TV

Georgia TV head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Georgia TV head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

Keti Kvachantiradze anchors
Tbilisi - AFP

The head of Georgia's main independent television station on Wednesday accused the government of trying to blackmail him as part of a struggle for control that critics say is aimed at stifling free media in the ex-Soviet state.

The director of the Rustavi-2 TV channel, Nika Gvaramia, said that a government middleman had threatened him with the release of covertly recorded videos of his "private life" to try to force him to resign.  

"Things are developing in a way that leaves no space for free media in this country," Gvaramia said in a televised statement.

The office of Georgia's prosecutor general promptly initiated a probe into Gvaramia's claims.

Since August, the television channel has been locked in a bitter ownership battle that has rocked the tiny Caucasus country and sparked fears in the West that the ruling Georgian Dream coalition could be looking to clamp down on independent media.

A court froze the broadcaster's assets over the summer after a businessman close to Georgian Dream filed a lawsuit to reclaim control.

Government critics and the station's current owners have denounced the move as part of a government-orchestrated campaign aimed at silencing critical media in the lead-up to 2016 parliamentary elections.

Georgian rights groups and Western diplomats have alleged possible government interference in the ongoing legal battle between the current and former owners of the Rustavi-2 TV -- Georgia's most popular pro-opposition broadcaster.

"There are a number of circumstances which cause serious suspicion about government's influence on the ongoing process" and "call the existence of dissent, critical opinions in media into question," said some dozen civil society and media organisations in a joint statement.

The United States has also expressed concern over the dispute, saying in October that the actions that "give the appearance of (...) constricting media freedoms or compromising that media pluralism are disturbing."

Independent media in Georgia has often had fraught relations with those in power since the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, as often fiercely partisan journalists have struggled to shed political interference in their work.

GMT 22:54 2018 Saturday ,20 January

Dora: Her role in new drama is surprise

GMT 04:52 2017 Sunday ,18 June

Joyalukkas presents ¼kg gold

GMT 18:43 2017 Wednesday ,14 June

Tony Awards audience drops

GMT 18:38 2017 Wednesday ,14 June

‘Smash’ producers develop

GMT 15:23 2017 Sunday ,28 May

You still watch TV? Get video-on-demand

GMT 07:22 2017 Friday ,05 May

Macron 'Most Convincing' in TV Debate

GMT 04:06 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Piracy will never be defeated, TV executive says
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

georgia tv head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle georgia tv head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

georgia tv head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle georgia tv head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

 



Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 08:36 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 10:28 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 12:12 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Five Saudi women pilots granted GACA licences

GMT 15:04 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Five Saudi women pilots granted GACA licences
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 10:11 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 19:57 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Farm-fresh from Kerala to the UAE, in just one day

GMT 06:15 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Volkswagen clinches record sales

GMT 09:54 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

'Friendly and kind' N. Korean skaters

GMT 11:22 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

to 'eternal style' of late Alaia

GMT 08:52 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces Gulf map that omitted Qatar

GMT 17:01 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Television reporter killed in Mexico

GMT 10:05 2017 Sunday ,31 December

Salah shines as Liverpool down Leicester

GMT 11:05 2017 Tuesday ,31 January

US: Female Al-Qaeda combatants killed

GMT 06:49 2013 Monday ,12 August

Unique ways to green your outdoor

GMT 19:23 2014 Thursday ,13 February

Actor Chris Pine announced as face of Giorgio Armani
 
 Emirates Voice Facebook,emirates voice facebook  Emirates Voice Twitter,emirates voice twitter Emirates Voice Rss,emirates voice rss  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

emiratesvoieen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen
emiratesvoice emiratesvoice emiratesvoice
emiratesvoice
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice