Merab Basilaia

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The Saga of the GPB

The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was a public TV company until 2005. The law of that time obliged it to cover the government's opinions on this or that issue and promote its interests. We well remember the ire of Eduard Shevardnadze in 2003 because the TV channel failed to perform that task sufficiently well.Since then, the GPB has followed a difficult path. It may not have developed into a paragon of sharpness and sensationalism, but it succeeded in ensuring somewhat balanced and fair...

“Electoral Dreams” and Reality

It is the natural desire of any government to be better than its predecessor and to prove to everyone – both the electorate and the international community – that it runs processes way better than the former government did. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and the leaders of the ruling political team have publicly declared that the conduct of the 2013 presidential elections, slated for 27 October, will be exemplary in this regard. Naturally, until we are in the formal pre-election process it...

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