Georgia’s Interior Minister has suspended the head of the Border Police and chief of Counterintelligence, in its investigation into the abduction of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi. [Read more…]
An initiative from Azerbaijan’s government to grant free flats to journalists has sparked debate in local media circles. Journalists in favour hail it as a form of wealth redistribution, while others see it as yet another attempt to smother media freedom in the country.
The media in Kabardino-Balkaria parrots an extremely rosy picture of the republic. However, journalists and activists almost all admit privately — that with an eye towards the Kremlin (and Kadyrov’s growing army next door in Chechnya) — freedom of speech has been utterly decimated, and controversial topics go completely unreported.
The health condition of Afgan Mukhtarli, the Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Tbilisi on 29 May and currently kept in a jail in Baku, has been getting worse and he has not been transferred to a hospital, Mukhtarli’s wife Leyla Mustafayeva told Tbilisi-based news outlet On.ge on 26 June. [Read more…]
Members of Georgia’s parliamentary majority will meet with the interior minister to discuss Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was abducted from Tbilisi to Baku on 29 May. Both countries have remained largely silent about the details of the abduction, and it is still unclear exactly how the self-exiled journalist ended up in Azerbaijan. [Read more…]
Tens of demonstrators gathered in front Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB) in Tbilisi to protests against their recent decision to cease broadcasting joint programmes with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Media watchdogs have condemned the move. [Read more…]
Georgian officials say they have asked Azerbaijan for access to Afgan Mukhtarli, the journalist abducted from Tbilisi who ended up in a Baku jail, after the EU Parliament called for answers and more than 200 journalists demanded his release. [Read more…]
The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) claims to have viewed doctored footage from the route journalists Afgan Mukhtarli says he took the night he was abducted from Tbilisi to Azerbaijan. According to them, the footage, which appears to show that Mukhtarli was lying about his whereabouts that night, has been doctored. [Read more…]