In the eleventh edition of Tbilisi Hangout Mirian Jugheli, Nick Clayton and Mathias Huter of Transparency International Georgia talk about Georgian media, net freedom, “cohabitation”, ownership transparency, February 8 National Library Incident, etc.
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Posted in Georgia, Governance, Internet, Politics, tagged Bidzina Ivanishvili, Caucasus, Georgia, Georgian Dream, Mathias Huter, Mikheil Saakashvili, Mirian Jugheli, Nicholas Alan Clayton, Tbilisi, Tbilisi Hangout, Transparency International Georgia, United National Movement on February 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Thousands of students marched in streets of Tbilisi on Wednesday to protest abuse and rape in Georgian prisons. Disturbing videos of prisoners being tortured by guards leaked on TV and immediately sparkled Georgians to come out and stand against violence. A protest was organized by the Tbilisi State University students, however they were joined by all major universities. At 3:30 pm students moved to the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) where they demanded the later to air abuse videos. After negotiating with the General Director of GPB students marched towards the Ministry of Internal Affairs where they were joined by drivers and local neighbors. Students demanded the Minister of Internal Affairs Bacho Akhalia and several other officials to step down. Protests were held in all major Georgian cities and across Europe.
Posted in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Caucasus, Georgia, Governance, Gudauri, Iran, Mikheil Saakashvili, Russia, Summer, Tourism, Travel, Turkey, Ukraine, Winter, tagged Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bakuriani, EU, Georgia, Government, Gudauri, Iran, Russia, Saakashvili, Summer, Svaneti, Tourism, Travel, Turkey, Winter on September 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has released a detailed data about foreign visitors to Georgia. Tourists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia are leading the list and only 5% of visitors are from the EU. According to MIA, 1,793,449 foreign arrivals have been recorded in January-August, 2011 (2,031,695 people traveled to Georgia in 2010). Most of them were from Azerbaijan - 456,282, 455,611 from Turkey, 448,374 from Armenia and 176,090 from Russia.
Security Police Department of Georgia (spd.ge) began installing cameras in recreational areas and parks of Tbilisi. According to the PR office of SPD, 100 cameras will be installed in 7 parks as a part of the ongoing project “Safe Parks”. The surveillance cameras have already been installed in one of the biggest recreational areas – Vake Park.
Most of the recreational areas of Tbilisi are monitored by Security Police personnel; SPD thinks that after installing the cameras their job will get easier.
According to the Security Police, live cameras will allow the department to monitor parks 24/7, minimize the risk of crime and increase response rate on possible incidents.
It has to be noted that under the “Freedom Charter”, that was passed by the Georgian Parliament in May, 2011, Ministry of Internal Affairs is set to create a major surveillance system that will monitor strategic buildings, airports, subway and railway stations, public spaces and etc. It also obliges banks to inform the Ministry about large bank transfers to organisations or individuals.