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Iran: IFJ asks authorities to release two arrested journalists

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest of two Iranian journalists and called for their immediate release.…

Turkey: IFJ/EFJ solidarity mission with journalists on trial

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The trial of Turkish journalists Ayse Düzkan, Ragip Duran, Hüseyin Akyol and Inan Kizilkaya started today at Istanbul court of justice. After 20 minutes’ hearing, the judges decided to merge this case with 20 other similar ones and postponed the hearing to 15 December 2016. The four journalists are charged with participating in a solidarity…

Iraq bans Al Jazeera

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  Iraqi authorities have suspended Al Jazeera’s licence to operate in the country. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the world largest organisation of journalists, criticised the decision as “biased and deeply prejudicial in a country that badly needs a free press”.  …

Council of Europe adopts guidelines to protect journalists

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  The FINANCIAL -- The Council of Europe has adopted a set of guidelines aimed to ensure the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists in its 47 member states. In a Recommendation supported by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Committee of Ministers – the organisation´s decision-making body – encouraged states to review…

Defence Spending Provides Value Added to a Nation 

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This article intends to show that public funds spent on defence provide value to the general population because a modernized Georgian Armed Forces will be more likely to deter potential aggressors to Georgia’s national sovereignty.…

IAGJ Calls to International Organisations for Urgent Interference in Local Media Crisis

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Independent Association of Georgian Journalists, member of IFJ, calls all international organisations for urgent actions regarding the crisis in Georgian media caused by unexpected order issued by Tbilisi City Court, which replaced current management of main oppositional TV - Rustavi 2, with persons loyal to current government. …

Lari Depreciation Reverberates in Consumer Inflation, SP Advisors

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The FINANCIAL -- The Georgian economy has digested the external shocks stemming from recessions in Ukraine and Russia at an entirely reasonable cost with a 22% YTD currency depreciation. In the coming months the weaker currency will enable keeping the country’s C/A gap under control, SP Advisors predicted in just released new outlook on Georgian…

CDA Berliner Attends the Opening of Annual Summer Camp for Children with Diabetes

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The FINANCIAL -- On August 3, Chargé d'affaires Nicholas Berliner attended the opening ceremony of ACTS Georgia's annual summer camp for children with diabetes.  Mr. Berliner greeted young campers and their parents and wished them a fun and rewarding camping experience.…

The Kingdom of Spain has finished the process of ratification of the Association Agreement

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The FINANCIAL -- On 28 July 2015, the Kingdom of Spain finished ratification of the Association Agreement signed between the European Union and Georgia. …

Skype Co-Founder to Speak in Batumi in October

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Jonas Kjellberg, author of ‘Gear Up’ and co-founder of Skype, will speak at Alt Convention in Batumi on October 9, 2015. Jonas is an avid investor and coaches entrepreneurs. He was the founder of Player.io, which he sold to Yahoo, chairman of the board of iCloud, sold to Apple, and co-founder of Skype, sold to…

Azerbaijan and Georgia – Most Promising Markets for Toyota Caucasus & CA

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The FINANCIAL -- Toyota Caucasus and Central Asia ended the first half of 2015 with a 40% sales reduction in the region. The Russian-Ukrainian crisis was the main factor that contributed to the drop. Current macro-economic stability makes the management of Toyota C&CA optimistic about reaching the sales figures of the previous year. Meanwhile, the…

SWAT team member testifies against SWAT officials

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The FINANCIAL -- Jason Miladze, a SWAT team member accused in connection with the so-called tennis court special operation, testified against SWAT high officials and said Kakha Nakani and Irakli Pirtskhalava were forcing him to give false testimony.…

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Economic, Trade, and Energy Working Group 

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The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Economic, Trade, and Energy Working Group met in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2015.…

EU Bank Opened Regional Representation in Tbilisi

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The FINANCIAL -- The European Investment Bank (EIB) is opening a Regional Representation Office for the Southern Caucasus to enhance its support for the public and private sectors and strengthen relations with promoters, partner banks and other IFIs in the region.…

EIB supports SME and midcap sector in Georgia

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 40 million to Bank of Georgia, the country’s largest bank, to finance investment projects promoted by SMEs and midcap companies.   …