Georgian TV channel’s deputy director resigns under pressure

first_img GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionEconomic pressure At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign Help by sharing this information October 1, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en February 5, 2020 – Updated on February 14, 2020 Georgian TV channel’s deputy director resigns under pressure Organisation GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionEconomic pressure Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections July 20, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Georgia to go further Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host Credit: Adjara TV News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the latest example of political pressure undermining media pluralism and free speech in Georgia – Natia Zoidze’s resignation this week as deputy director of Adjara TV, a regional public TV channel based in the coastal city of Batumi.“My resignation is not voluntary,” Zoidze announced in a Facebook post on 2 February, adding that it was the result of a “political process.” In December, she had accused the TV channel’s new director, Georgi Kokhreidze, of applying pressure for a change in editorial policies.The TV channel’s “alternative” trade union issued a statement on 3 February blaming Zoidze’s departure on “interference in editorial independence” and reporting that it was not an isolated case. “The outflow of professional and ethical staff from this broadcaster has become a permanent feature,” the statement added.After Adjara TV staff members accused the new director of interfering in their work on 30 September, a demonstration in support of the staff was held in Batumi on 6 October.“Natia Zoidze’s resignation is indicative of the growing political pressure on state-owned media in Georgia,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “At the same time, government allies are increasingly getting control of critical or independent media, such as Rustavi 2. In the run-up to next October’s parliamentary elections, we ask the Georgian authorities to guarantee media independence and pluralism, which are essential for a democratic debate.”Georgia’s TV channels suffer from politically-biased government measures. The finance ministry’s announcement on 24 December that it would begin to seize overdue taxes from several TV companies prompted accusations from civil society and from the opposition to the ruling Georgian Dream party that it was applying the sanctions selectively.The government agreed to postpone collection of the 15 million euros owed by leading commercial channels Imedi TV and Rustavi 2, but stepped up the pressure on small, critical TV channels such as TV Kavkasia and TV Pirveli.Dramatic changes at Rustavi 2 in the course of 2019 have transformed the Georgian media landscape. Previously Georgia’s most popular TV channel and champion of the opposition, Rustavi 2 completely changed its editorial policy after its ownership reverted to previous owner Kibar Khalvashi as a result of a European Court of Human Rights ruling.The change in ownership led to the departure of the majority of the newsroom including director-general Nika Gvaramia, who was fired and who has since been prosecuted by the Georgian authorities on a charge of “abuse of power.” The authorities have also prosecuted Avtandil Tsereteli, the father of TV Pirveli’s founder.Georgia is ranked 60th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News News June 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Evansville Job Fair Searches For Qualified Candidates

Evansville Job Fair Searches For Qualified CandidatesAPRIL 5TH, 2018 AMANDA PORTER INDIANAMore than 90 employers set up booths at the C.K. Newsome Center in Evansville hoping to find qualified job candidates in the Hoosier state.The Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce partnered with the WorkOne Southwest Indiana chapter, and Hoosier lawmakers Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, and Congressmen Dr. Larry Bucshon to bring jobs, and training to Indiana.Hundreds of people came to the fair, shuffling booth to booth with opportunities to talk to 93 area employers.Indiana Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon says the lack of qualified candidates is a big problem, especially in the technical field.“IT-related jobs and other people with technical skills. Honestly like welders, and things like that and it’s really a big problem,” says Bucshon.This fair was dedicated to veterans from 1 to 2 p.m.“Veterans have had a higher unemployment rate than the general population,” says Bucshon.George Schmadel a veteran and USI grad says the lack of qualified candidates shouldn’t be a problem.“If they are not trained, they could be trained, but then again you have to want to be trained.”Schmadel is working to gain another job where he can apply his public relations and communications degree.“Indiana has plenty of people that want to work,” says Schmadel. “I want to work.”But he says it is hard for veterans lacking new skills that are currently in demand in the job market.“There are jobs who have shuffled me to the side and that is not fair,” says Schmadel.Bucshon says the city is working to bridge the gap because the job market is better than it was years ago.“Now we have jobs, but we need to get people trained and that is why work one is here today in partnership with myself and the city of Evansville,” says Bucshon.As for this Hoosier job seeker, Schmadel says this experience gave him some extra encouragement.“If there is not a job for me here today, at least there is an opportunity for me here today.”The job fair says people could apply for over nineteen hundred full or part-time positions at the event.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare read more