Another state of emergency, another media blackout (updated).

Posted: 10 Nov 2007   Print   Send a link
In Georgia: "All independent television news programs have been halted for the 15-day state of emergency. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said the authorities had also blocked its Georgian-language programs." Reuters, 8 November 2007. Update: "RFE/RL is one of the media outlets affected by the Georgian government's declaration yesterday of a state of emergency, as the government's ban on independent media broadcasts shut down its affiliate partners in Georgia. As an interim step, RFE/RL has secured shortwave and cross-border mediumwave frequencies, which it is using to maintain news programming into Georgia. In addition, RFE/RL reconfigured its Georgian-language website, implemented an email alert system and is using cellphone-based SMS alerts to keep its audience in Georgia informed of breaking news." Prime News, 10 November 2007. "Some cable networks, not all of them, in Tbilisi were providing the Russian TV stations on November 9. BBC World and CNN International, as well as EuroNews, however, were unavailable." The Georgian Times, 10 November 2007.