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.
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…]
Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB) has announced that they will cease broadcasting joint programmes with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). In an interview local media outlet Netgazeti, the head of RFE/RL in Georgia Davit Kakabadze said that TV programmes Tsiteli Zona (Red Zone) and InterVIEW will no longer be aired on GPB. [Read more…]
Nika Gvaramia, General Director of the major opposition-leaning TV Channel Rustavi 2, resigned on 8 June. [Read more…]
The Baku Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from opposition politician Gozal Bayramli on 7 June, to be released from pretrial detention and be placed under house arrest. [Read more…]
The pressure exerted on journalists and human rights activists in the North Caucasus is the most severe in Russia, according to experts speaking at the Free Speech conference on 23 May in Moscow. The comments came at the presentation of a report on media freedom by the association of writers, journalists, and bloggers.
Azerbaijan’s ongoing crackdown against journalists and activists critical of the government has seen scores of critics imprisoned. Less well known are the stories of those who escape jail, but are still subjected to tremendous pressure — including restriction of their ability to travel abroad. [Read more…]
The EU has denounced the decision by a court in Azerbaijan to permanently block five independent online media outlets critical of the government.