Another case of political censorship by Eutelsat?

first_img Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host Was Europe’s leading TV satellite operator, Eutelsat, censoring again in violation of article 3 of the convention under which it was created when it recently refused to carry the Georgian public TV station Pervyi Kakvazkyi on its W7 satellite? That is the question that a French court will begin to address on 22 March.Examination of the relations between Eutelsat, a company headquartered in France, and the Georgian public broadcaster GPB raises several questions.Why did Eutelsat suddenly back off after sending GPB a contract to start broadcasting Pervyi Kakvazkyi on 31 January? Was it linked to the new lucrative contract it signed on 15 January with the Russian operator Intersputnik, a long-standing commercial partner? Intersputnik is also a client of a Kremlin-controlled Gazprom offshoot that is one of Russia’s most important media groups.Despite Eutelsat’s denials, several aspects deserve attention: A Russian-language station intended to be broadcast throughout the Caucasus, including Russia, Pervyi Kakvazkyi was clearly seen by the Kremlin as new Georgian offensive in the public relations war being waged between the two countries.Georgia never hid the fact that Pervyi Kakvazkyi was meant to compete with Russia’s media by offering an alternative viewpoint. It was billed as “the first Russian-language TV station in the Caucasus that is not controlled by the Kremlin,” one that would be able to tell “the truth.” Its top presenters even include Alla Dudayeva, the widow of the late Chechen separatist leader Dzhokhar Dudayev.The explanations offered by Eutelsat for terminating retransmission of Pervyi Kakvazkyi are not very clear. Initially, the operator referred to the need for an “urgent discussion” about the station’s content. This would have been illegal as satellite operators are not supposed to have any say in the programming of the stations they carry.Eutelsat’s representatives then said W7 was being threatened by “interference” from Pervyi Kakvazkyi’s signal and they suggested that the solution was to encrypt it. But this option was quickly abandoned and, according to GPB, Eutelsat finally said the only solution was to move Pervyi Kakvazkyi to another satellite.This would have meant that the station would not have covered the same geographical area. It would also have meant its viewers would have to install antennae. GPB refused and Pervyi Kakvazkyi’s transmission by Eutelsat was terminated.Eutelsat’s behaviour is all the more suspicious for the fact that it was involved in a very similar case in 2008, when it used the pretext of “technical problems” to stop carrying the New York-based Chinese-language TV station NTDTV under pressure from Beijing.Another case concerns the BBC’s Farsi-language television station, BBC Persian TV. Although it was Iran that was accused of repeatedly jamming and interfering with its signal, Eutelsat stopped carrying the station at the start of the year, yielding to political and commercial pressure from a government that constantly violates its citizens’ basic rights, including the right to be informed.Read in Russian/ Читать на русском : Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections Organisation October 1, 2020 Find out more RSF_en GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Related documents CPEutelsatRU-2.pdfPDF – 220.41 KB Receive email alerts February 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another case of political censorship by Eutelsat? Follow the news on Georgia Help by sharing this information to go further June 18, 2020 Find out more News News At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign July 20, 2020 Find out more News News GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

California Philharmonic Shows Support for Ava’s Heart Announces Sponsorship on World Heart Day

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment L–R: Ava’s Heart Foundation Chairman Of The Board James Lewis Perdue Jackson with California Philharmonic Executive Director Brandon DobbinsAHTH with Dr. Deng and Dr. AlejosIt has long been recognized that music is good for your health – and heart!And, continuing its tradition of giving back to the community, California Philharmonic has entered into a new partnership with Ava’s Heart Foundation, the only 501c3 in the United States that provides extensive support for transplant patients and their families pre-and-post lifesaving organ transplants.Newly-appointed Executive Director of California Philharmonic, Brandon Dobbins made the announcement yesterday during the Ava’s Heart To Heart Forum which hosted members of the transplant community including transplant patients and their families, advocates and leading heart/ heart transplant doctors from UCLA to share insight, advice, first hand experiences, information about life-prolonging techniques and devices that can now help bridge a patient from waiting to transplant such as The Artificial Heart, new advances in the world of transplant and more.“California Philharmonic is proud to partner with Ava’s Heart to do everything we can to bring the healing power of live music to patients and their families dealing with these sometimes months long recovery processes,” said Dobbins who expressed interest in collaborating with Ava’s Heart to provide concert tickets to people it helps among other ideas. “I cannot think of a more noble and more deserving organization for us to partner with.“Some of the future concert-goers that also attended the forum include Ava Kaufman, Founder of Ava’s Heart, a transplant recipient herself who now has the heart of a 17-year-old boy as well as participants Ron Yarborough, who is being kept alive with an artificial heart while he waits for his new heart, and 11-year-old Jessica Olstrand and her mother Stephanie who shared their story of how her daughter has already had two heart transplants and how Ava’s Heart helped the family with a grant for post-transplant housing near UCLA.Also on hand were Dr. Juan Carlos Alejos, Pediatric Cardiology/Heart Transplant, Director of The Pediatric Heart and Heart-Lung Transplant Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Dr. Mario Deng, Medical Director at UCLA, Adult Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplant Program.“Ava’s Heart’s initiative is along same line as UCLA’s in treating the whole person,” said Dr. Deng.California Philharmonic has also signed on as a sponsor of the first annual Ava’s Heart Heroes Ball which will honor organizations and people that have significantly helped the one-of-a-kind non-profit thus far such as Change a Life Foundation and renowned doctors from UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Cedars Saini Hospital. People are encouraged to purchase tickets or tables for the fundraising gala which is taking place on February 20, 2015 in the grand ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. www.avasheart.orgFor further information or to schedule a time to speak with Brandon Dobbins and or Ava Kaufman, please contact Lauren Lewis at (818) 970-0052 or [email protected] Your email address will not be published. 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