A court in the Russian Republic of Daghestan has convicted a suspect in the murder of Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder of Daghestani newspaper Chernovik, for possession of ammunition and drugs. Magomed Khazamov, the former head of the village of Bogatyryovka, insists the weapons and drugs were planted on him to force him to confess to the murder or to implicate others.
Employees from the state media holding of the Russian republic Kabardino-Balkaria have appealed to the authorities over violations of their labour rights. Camera operators from KBR-Media complained of unfair working conditions, including being forced to work weekends for little remuneration. [Read more…]
Police in Armenia raided the offices of local news site Yerevan.Today on Monday morning, according to local media. The search, which was still ongoing Monday afternoon, was related to recordings of phone conversations between two top security chiefs leaked online last week. [Read more…]
On Wednesday, several media outlets belonging to the Azerbaijani media holding APA misquoted President Ilham Aliyev as saying ‘we will bring Armenia to its knees’. Despite later apologising for the mistake and taking the story down, their websites went offline.
Azerbaijan celebrated National Press Day on Sunday, marking the 143rd anniversary of the establishment of national press. As the country commemorated the founding of its first newspaper, Akinchi, in 1875, free speech and journalism advocacy groups highlighted Azerbaijan’s poor record in media freedom. [Read more…]
The heads of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and state telecommunications regulator and head of PR for Georgian Dream have been accused of conspiring to select a member of GPB’s board of trustees. The three were photographed in a bar by a member of the opposition European Georgia, who claims to have overheard the discussion. [Read more…]
Georgia’s Parliament has overruled President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s veto of a package of controversial amendments to Georgia’s Law on Broadcasting. Parliament voted on 21 February to adopt the original draft 83 votes to 13.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has denied accusations of pressuring the media, after both Iberia TV and TV Pirveli accused the government of coercion. [Read more…]
Despite official censorship in the early days of Azerbaijan’s independence, journalists enjoyed more freedom then than they do now. Oligarchic control over the country’s media and fear of prosecution, or even death, mean many journalists now resort to self-censorship.