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First Caucasian staking on outcasts2010-01-11 14:52
January 5 in Georgia was the official start of First Caucasian TV.. On the New Year's night the channel was operating in test mode, now this is internet TV with satellite broadcasting to be launched in the near future focused mostly on the territory of Russia, as planned.
The channel was conceived as Russian-language TV and it must be mentioned that the Georgian leadership considers its creation a priority of current media policy. First Caucasian was granted USD 3 mln from the state budget which is a rather serious figure for Georgia. Besides Saakashvili personally "blessed" the channel in his New Year's interview.
"In 21st century information has no boundaries, it can't be stopped, as well as truth can't be concealed. It can be hidden somewhere, but not forever", - the official Georgian leader stated.
Despite widely advertised cultural and educational orientation now it is clear this is an anti-Russian propaganda media tool. An attempt to act in a foreign information field with one's well-known means is not a novelty. Once Al Jazeera's English broadcasts were meant as opposition to US officialdom.
It's common knowledge that presently interest to information from alternative sources is very high. And the Georgian side takes advantage of this. Saakashvili's phrase above can't be neglected. He almost directly states that allegedly truthful information - on the five-day war first of all - can be obtained on First Caucasian only.
This claim to exclusivity can attract only a thin layer of liberal outcasts disliking Russia without external aid. No matter how official Russian TV can be treated, it claims no monopoly on truth, we must remark.
Personalities of show hosts are quite puzzling too. Caucasian portrait discussion show will be hosted by general Jokhar Dudayev's widow Alla. A few interviews with this woman are enough to understand she is not a journalist and is incapable of holding discussions either. Her quick temper and pathos in combination with the mythisized figure of her late husband make all her vis-à-vis mere mutes by default.
Another strange figure is Oleg Panfilov, director of Extreme Journalism Center. It will be remembered Panfilov was one of the few Russian journalists that openly stood up for the Georgian side at the time of the five-day war. However, he was soon rewarded with Georgian citizenship and moved to Tbilisi.