Georgia / Europe & Central Asia

Demonstrators protest a bill on "foreign agents" near the Georgian Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 13, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Irakli Gedenidze)

Georgian parliament passes ‘foreign agent’ law despite widespread opposition

Stockholm, May 14, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled that as thousands of protesters waited for the results amid a heavy police presence equipped with water cannons and riot gear, the Georgian parliament voted Tuesday to adopt the controversial Russian-style “foreign agents” law that would target foreign-funded media. Georgian President Salome…

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Unknown people put posters outside the offices of Gela Mtivlishvili, editor-in-chief of the independent website Mountain News, (left) and Nino Zuriashvili, head of documentary-maker Studio Monitor, denouncing them as 'foreign agents.' (Photos: Georgian News, Studio Monitor)

Georgian journalists threatened after covering ‘foreign agent’ law protests

Stockholm, May 10, 2024—Georgian authorities should thoroughly investigate widespread harassment and threats against journalists covering a bill that would designate media outlets as “foreign agents” and Parliament should reject the draft law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Since May 7, more than 30 journalists covering the bill “on transparency of foreign influence” and…

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Giorgi Baskhajauri (left) and Nurlan Gahramanli (right) are two of at least four journalist who were assaulted while covering protests against Georgia's "On Transparency of Foreign Influence” bill. (Photos: Courtesy of Giorgi Baskhajauri and Nurlan Gahramanli)

Georgian police assault at least 4 journalists covering ‘foreign agents’ bill protests

Stockholm, April 19, 2024—The Georgian Parliament should reject a draft law that would designate media outlets as “foreign agents,” and the authorities should investigate allegations of police brutality against journalists, hold those responsible accountable, and protect media members reporting on the ongoing protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday. On April 17, the…

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Georgia ruling party reintroduces ‘foreign agents’ law to parliament

Stockholm, April 4, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the ruling Georgian Dream party’s Tuesday reintroduction into the Georgian parliament of a proposed “foreign agents” law previously shelved after mass protests. “Georgian authorities’ revival of a bill that would smear media outlets as foreign-controlled is deeply concerning and utterly incompatible with their claim…

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Georgian parliament reinstates controversial powers to sanction broadcast media

Stockholm, October 30, 2023—Georgia’s president should veto legislation bolstering the state regulatory body’s powers to sanction broadcast media, and authorities should work with stakeholders to devise a regulatory framework that enjoys broad industry support, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On October 19, Georgia’s parliament passed amendments to the country’s broadcasting law extending the…

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CPJ calls for investigation into alleged poisoning of exiled Russian journalists Elena Kostyuchenko and Irina Babloyan

New York, August 16, 2023 — German and Georgian authorities should thoroughly and transparently investigate allegations that exiled Russian journalists Elena Kostyuchenko and Irina Babloyan were poisoned in 2022, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Tuesday, an investigation by the independent news website The Insider stated that both journalists had experienced unexplained health…

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In Georgia, poetry, a prison visit, and a pardon for Nika Gvaramia

On the road to Rustavi Prison #12, where the only journalist jailed in Georgia is still serving out his 3.5-year sentence, Sofia Liluashvili is speaking to me about poetry. Liluashvili is the wife of Georgian journalist Nika Gvaramia, who spent more than a year behind bars before a pardon by President Salome Zurabishvili led to…

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CPJ welcomes pardon for jailed Georgian journalist Nika Gvaramia

New York, June 22, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday welcomed news that journalist Nika Gvaramia was pardoned by Georgia’s President Salome Zurabishvili. Gvaramia, founder and director of independent broadcaster Mtavari Arkhi, had been serving a 3.5-year prison sentence since May 2022 for alleged abuse of office during his previous role as director of…

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CPJ, rights groups call on Georgia president to release journalist Nika Gvaramia

CPJ joined human rights and press freedom organizations to call on Georgian President Zurabishvili to release journalist Nika Gvaramia.

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Georgian parliament suspends accreditation of 6 pro-opposition journalists

Stockholm, April 14, 2023 – Georgia’s parliament should revoke its decision to suspend the accreditations of six journalists from critical news outlets and reform recently adopted accreditation regulations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Between April 3 and April 6, Georgia’s parliament suspended for one month the accreditations of three reporters and three camera…

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