October 1, 2020 Find out more October 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media face many unknowns after tense election campaign July 20, 2020 Find out more News Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections Help by sharing this information June 18, 2020 Find out more GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia News News Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host Organisation Follow the news on Georgia GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the polarization of the media and many physical attacks on journalists during the fraught campaign that preceded today’s parliamentary elections in Georgia. Recent legislative developments that will have major impact on the media are also a source of concern. Legislative steps backward “We deeply regret the Central Electoral Commission’s hasty adoption of a regulation limiting the ability of journalists to work in polling stations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why was it deemed necessary to curb media personnel rights on election day?”Approved on the evening of 25 September, the regulation drastically restricts coverage by press photographers and TV cameramen. They will need express permission from the president of a polling station in order to enter and, if they get this, will be able to move about freely for only ten minutes. Thereafter they will be confined to the area reserved for observers. Any interview with polling station personnel must take place outside, and if cameramen go outside, they cannot reenter.Today is also the day that the “must carry” law – under which cable TV operators were required to carry all the major satellite TV channels during the election campaign – ceases to have effect. While deploring its short duration, Reporters Without Borders had welcomed the law’s adoption in June as a first step towards more broadcasting pluralism. “It is very regrettable that this law ceases to have effect at the very moment when the election results will be announced,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Are we going back to the previous situation in which pro-government satellite channels dominated cable TV and boycotted cable TV providers such as Global TV that carry opposition stations?”We urge the new parliament that will be installed after this election to turn the ‘must carry’ law into a permanent one and to extend its applicability to over-the-air broadcasting, which reaches a much wider public.” Obstruction, violence The many physical attacks on journalists at political rallies or outside government buildings during the campaign were indicative of the marked social and media polarization. Incidents took place in Mereti on 26 June, Karaleti on 12 July, Beshumi on 4 August, Lantchkhut on 15 August, Gurdjaani on 17 August, Akhmeta on 23 August, Kazbegi on 9 September and Poti on 14 September. Other journalists were threatened, intimidated or denied access to events they wanted to cover.”We firmly condemn these acts of violation and intimidation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is essential that each of these cases is thoroughly investigation in order to punish those responsible and prevent a climate of impunity from taking hold.”Many journalists also report that, in general, access to both government and private-sector information is very difficult and often unfairly granted. Polarization and lack of independence Although accentuated by the election, polarization has already been a feature of Georgia’s media in ordinary times and affects the print media, which are more diverse, as well as radio and TV. The turmoil in the broadcasting media in recent years – such as the formerly opposition TV station Imedi’s takeover by businessmen close to President Mikhail Saakashvili – has been very political in nature. A more recent example was the May 2012 launch of TV9, a station owned by supporters of the billionaire and opposition leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili. TV9’s revelations about the use of torture in prisons has led to two ministers losing their jobs and is widely seen as having had a major impact on public opinion.An all-out news and information war is waged between the pro-government TV stations such as Imedi and Rustavi 2 and opposition stations such as TV9, Maestro and Kavkasia. The former have the advantage in as much as their signals cover the entire country.Independence is obviously very constrained for media personnel when the political orientation of media is so closely correlated with the views of their owners. The creation of really independent media with strong safeguards against owner interference in their editorial policies and investigative reporting is one of the leading challenges Georgia faces. RSF_en to go further At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign
At-sea activity patterns of breeding and nonbreeding white-chinned petrels Procellaria aequinoctialis from South Georgia
Despite the recent burgeoning in predator tracking studies, few report on seabird activity patterns, despite the potential to provide important insights into foraging ecology and distribution. In the first year-round study for any small petrel, we examined the activity patterns of the white-chinned petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis based on data from combination geolocator-immersion loggers deployed on adults at South Georgia. The petrels were highly nocturnal, flying for greater proportions of darkness than any large procellarid studied so far, except the light-mantled albatross Phoebetria palpebrata. Flight bout durations were short compared with other species, suggesting a dominant foraging mode of small-scale searching within large prey patches. When migrating, birds reduced the proportion of time on the water and increased flight bout duration. Activity patterns changed seasonally: birds flew least during the nonbreeding period, and most frequently during chick-rearing in order to meet higher energy demands associated with provisioning offspring. The degree of their response to moonlight was also stage dependent (greatest in nonbreeding, and weakest in incubating birds), a trait potentially shared by other nocturnal petrels which will have repercussions for feeding success and prey selection. For the white-chinned petrel, which is commonly caught in longline fisheries, these results can be used to identify periods when birds are most susceptible to bycatch, and therefore when use of mitigation and checking for compliance is critical.
Central Ark. looks to sweep SHSU Associated Press STEPPING UP: The Bears have been led by juniors Rylan Bergersen and Hayden Koval. Bergersen has averaged 15.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while Koval has recorded 11.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. The Bearkats have been anchored by Kai Mitchell and Zach Nutall. Mitchell has averaged 14.2 points and six rebounds while Nutall has put up 15.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.BRILLIANT BERGERSEN: Bergersen has connected on 24.4 percent of the 127 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 16 over the last three games. He’s also made 68.2 percent of his foul shots this season.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Central Arkansas is 5-0 when it limits opponents to 69 or fewer points, and 4-16 when opposing teams exceed 69 points. Sam Houston State is 8-0 when holding opponents to 65 points or fewer, and 8-9 whenever teams score more than 65 on the Bearkats.PERFECT WHEN: The Bearkats are 8-0 when they hold opposing teams to 65 points or fewer and 8-9 when opponents exceed 65 points. The Bears are 5-0 when they hold opponents to 69 points or fewer and 4-16 whenever opponents exceed 69 points.DID YOU KNOW: The Sam Houston State offense has scored 80.3 points per game this season, ranking the Bearkats 15th nationally. The Central Arkansas defense has allowed 83.2 points per game to opponents (ranked 309th).___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Arkansas (9-16, 8-6) vs. Sam Houston State (16-9, 9-5)Johnson Coliseum, Huntsville, Texas; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Central Arkansas goes for the season sweep over Sam Houston State after winning the previous matchup in Conway. The teams last played each other on Jan. 11, when the Bears outshot Sam Houston State from the field 44.2 percent to 40.6 percent and made 18 more foul shots on the way to a seven-point victory.