Tuesday, August 12, 2008

RFE/RL extending broadcast to Georgia

Text of press release published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 11 August
Tbilisi, Georgia: Until further notice, [US-backed] Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Georgia Service will be adding a fourth hour of live, primetime news coverage to its listeners in Georgia and surrounding areas. Since the fighting broke out, RFE/RL’s Tbilisi bureau has deployed correspondents throughout the country, reporting from the front lines of the battle zones.
“With the Russian and Georgian media providing, at times, wildly different accounts of what is actually happening on the ground, our listeners are depending on us for accurate, objective information,” says David Kakabadzian, RFE/RL Georgia Service director. “Our journalists are sorting through the ethnic and nationalist passions stirred up by this conflict in order to let people on both sides of the conflict know what is really taking place in their cities.”
(Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website, Washington, D.C., in English 11 Aug 08 via BBC Monitoring/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)