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From Georgia with love?2009-11-10 15:40
The format of the new Georgian TV Channel meant to broadcast for the Russian-speaking people in the Caucasus including Northern Caucasus has not yet been confirmed. Still, the future "chiefs" of the "First Caucasian Channel" have already started a self-promoting campaign. Their names, however, speak for themselves: Oleg Panphilov, Alla Dudaeva, Zurab Dvali...
Oleg Panphilov told the Russian media about his planned moving to Georgia. As he explained, this is an apolitical decision, just another turn of his career. He does not need political asylum and has acquired Georgian citizenship beforehand. Now he is trying to preserve the opportunity of making regular trips to Russia.
Still, the Soros fellow did not refrain from criticizing the latter. "The point is that Georgia is a much more free country than Russia; there are prospects for the development of both the society and the journalism, so I feel more interest working here. Unfortunately, I must say that such prospects are lacking in Russia day by day and, honestly speaking, I feel rather disappointed in the perspective of my work in Russia", - Panphilov is cited by Grani.ru.
Director of the Russian Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations has undoubtedly got greater prospect in Georgia, but that is rather in financial than democratic aspect, for the governmental pressure upon the "independent" Georgian media is even more severe than upon the Russian media.
Still, Georgia will surely manage to find some spare money for the informational war to pay Oleg Panphilov for his job. As GeorgiaTimes reported recently, European Union decided to contribute to the development of the independent Georgian media.
The new channel will obviously be sponsored from the European funds as well. Thus, the western geopoliticians are going to kill two birds with one stone by "democratizing" the TV space in the Northern Caucasus.
Some media supposed, with reference to the Georgian oppositionists, that the funds for the third channel of the Georgian Public Television would be allocated by the escaped Russian tycoon Boris Berezovskiy. Berezovskiy refuted the supposition, although during the first Chechen war he had certain designs on the territory of the Northern Caucasus as on an unlimited ground for sale of weapons and money laundering.
Panphilov is going to host an analytical TV program called My Georgia on the air of the newly-established Caucasian Channel, by means of which Georgia decided to eliminate the inaccuracies of the Russian informational field. Perhaps, the independent TV channel would help struggle with the failures of the Caucasian reality: kindredship, corruption and terroristic propaganda.