Posted in Abkhazia, Georgia, Internet, Russia, tagged Abkhazia, Caucasus, Georgia, Google Voice, Moscow, Russia, Tbilisi on February 8, 2013 |
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Whenever you’re abroad for a long time you look for different ways to contact your family every once in a while (Skype, landline, etc.). A Georgian friend of mine who lives in Bulgaria wanted to call home and he decided to use Google Voice (A telecommunication service from Google). But before doing so he checked call rates. By doing this he suddenly discovered that Google Voice lists Abkhazia as one of the rates for calling Russia.
In addition to this strange fact it turns out that the fee for Abkhazia is the highest in the list. I decided to write Google Voice and ask them why do they list Abkhazia as an option for Russia. I am waiting for their answer and as soon as they reply I’ll post it here.
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Posted in Abkhazia, Caucasus, Georgia, Media, Occupation, South Ossetia, tagged Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Caucasus, Freedom House, Georgia, Journalism, Media, Russia, South Ossetia, Turkey on May 2, 2012 |
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Freedom House, Washington D.C. based democracy and human rights advocate has recently released its Freedom of Press in 2012 Findings. The report highlights key developments in global press freedom over the last year, including improvements in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and crackdowns in authoritarian states. The annual report includes findings in 197 countries and territories.
Media in Georgia, according to the report is partly free and out of all the countries it’s on 111st place, which makes it a leader in the region (Turkey is 117th, Armenia 149th, Azerbaijan and Russia 172nd).
Freedom House website gives separate findings and articles about each state. Interestingly, under the list of countries in Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Along with Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria) are listed as separate countries.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgia’s disputed regions that are recognized independent by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, the rest of the world considers it as a part of Georgia. With more than 200,000 IDPs, the conflict is still unresolved and Georgia officially refers to these regions as “Occupied Territories”.
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Starting from January 28, 2011 Abkhazians who use internet service provided by A-Mobile are not able to access the website of Abkhazia’s Economic Development Party (ERA). Journalist Akhra Smyr writes on his blog that he is a customer of A-Mobile and he cannot open the party’s website. According to Smyr, possible reason of this action may be the fact that an independent Abaza TV broadcasts its stories on the ERA’s website.
ERA has posted an official announcement on it’s website:
Оператор сотовой связи «А-Мобайл» заблокировал своим абонентам доступ на сайт партии ЭРА http://www.era-abbkhazia.org. Проведенный редакцией сайта мониторинг показал, что ни один абонент сотовой компании «А-Мобайл» не может посетить сайт.
Редакция официального сайта Партии ЭРА
“Cellular operator A-Mobile has blocked its customers from access to the site of the party ERA www.era-abbkhazia.org. Editorial team of the ERA Conducted a monitoring which showed that none of A-Mobile’s customer is able to visit the website.
- Editors of the official website of the ERA”
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