Georgian TV reporter held by Abkhaz authorities

first_imgNews to go further GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Georgia RSF_en Help by sharing this information Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign February 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Georgian TV reporter held by Abkhaz authorities July 20, 2020 Find out morecenter_img October 1, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the detention of reporter Malkhaz Basilaia of the Georgian television station Mze TV by the authorities of the breakaway republic of Abkhazia on 26 february. Basilaia is accused of entering Abkhaz territory without permission to do a report on the organisation of Russian presidential election voting for Russian citizens in Abkhazia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili yesterday threatened to use force to free him.“We urge the Abkhaz authorities to provide a more detailed explanation of this arrest and we urge the Georgian authorities to try to defuse the situation,” Reporters Without Borders. “It is necessary to maintain a climate that favours negotiations.”Abkhazia was an autonomous region within Georgia until 1992, when the Georgian army intervened in an unsuccessful bid to suppress a breakaway movement. After the region formally declared independence in 1994, Russia deployed troops along the border between Georgia and Abkhazia as part of a peace-keeping mission. The Georgian authorities regularly accuse Moscow of supporting Abkhazia’s independence. News GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Organisation June 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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