Opposition TV channels finally get airing on cable — for 60 days

first_img RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Georgia News News July 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition TV channels finally get airing on cable — for 60 days GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders welcomes as a first step the approval by Georgia’sParliament on 29 June of an amendment to the electoral code obliging all cablenetworks to carry all television channels for a 60-day period in the run-up to anelection.“We acknowledge this decision by Parliament, which will temporarily extend thecoverage of opposition stations at national level,” the press freedom organization said.“On the plus side, it will encourage pluralism and will finally give subscribers amore representative choice of programming. However, we strongly deplore thefact that this provision is for a limited duration. We fear that, once the pre-election period is over, opposition stations will once again be subjected to pressure and boycotts.“The amendment as formulated by members of Parliament offers them no long-term guarantee of protection against censorship. In such a polarized mediaenvironment, it is essential that action be taken to guarantee pluralism of opinion in the broadcast sector.”As the October election approaches, 103 of Georgia’s 150 members ofParliament agreed to modify the electoral code by introducing this amendmentknown, as “must-carry”. Inspired by similar legislation in the United States,from which it gets it name, it legally obliges cable providers to include in theirpackages all channels with an audience share of more than 20 percent.This will allow more than 170,000 subscribers to access for approximatelytwo months three of the country’s opposition stations normally only availablevia satellite. These are Channel 9, co-owned by the wife of the leader of theopposition Georgian Dream party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, as well as Maestro TV and Kavkasia TV.Normally, Maestro TV is not part of the programming package offered by the two biggest cable providers, Silk TV and Caucasus TV. As regards Channel 9, all providers had refused to carry it except Global TV, which is owned by Alexander Ivanishvili, the brother of Bidzina Ivanishvili. The amendment is aimed at ending a long-standing controversy involving GlobalTV. Since March this year, pro-government channels have been exerting strongpressure on tens of thousands of viewers against Global TV’s plan to carryChannel 9 programmes.The managements of Rustavi 2 TV and Imedi TV threatened in writing towithdraw from the package unless Global TV gave up its intention to include theopposition station.Furthermore, tens of thousands of satellite dishes belonging to Global TV wereseized by the authorities on June 22 in a series of raids on warehouses. Thepublic prosecutor who ordered the move ruled that the free distribution of dishesby Global TV just months before an election could be construed as vote buying.An investigation was also launched into the leader of the opposition for illegalvote buying. Under the penal code, such an offence is punishable by a heavy fine or a prison term of between one and three years.After Parliament approved the must-carry amendment, the opposition hadhoped to extend the time that it remains in effect to 80 days, i.e. throughout thecampaign and ending with the announcement of the election results. However,Parliament did not take this request into account.Figures from the National Telecommunications Commission show the number ofcable subscribers rose from 135,369 at the start of 2011 to 171,641 by the end of the year. Three companies share most of the cable market — Silknet, with 43,027 subscribers at the end of 2011, Super TV with 37,936 and GNN with 19,140. There are about 70 providers for the country as a whole, concentrated mainly in the main towns and cities.Georgia is ranked 105th of 179 countries listed in the latest World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.Photo : http://pik.tv/en/news/ center_img Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host October 1, 2020 Find out more July 20, 2020 Find out more News to go further June 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

The #1 question your credit union team is asking when under pressure

first_img“Is it safe?”If you’ve ever seen the movie Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier, you know just how scary this question can be.It can be a scary question for your credit union team as well (although without the unpleasant dental work—watch the movie if you’re confused).When you’re leading your team through a high-pressure situation, they’re looking to you……to see what you’re going to do (how you’re going to solve the situation); and,…to see how they should behave (do they need to panic?).But really, they’re looking to you for the answer to the question: Is it safe? (Or, more accurately, “Am I safe?”)That’s why it’s so vital that you, when faced with a high-pressure situation (What?! In a credit union?! No way!!!), exude calmness and confidence. Yes, even if deep down inside you’re a neurotic mess!See, it’s really hard to produce great results when you’re panicking. I can prove this to you with the following quiz:When the pressure’s on, do you want your airplane pilot, or your heart surgeon, or your military commander to be:Calm and confidentA blithering idiot made of quivering Jell-O®How many of you chose B? I’m going to assume no hands are raised. That’s because you’re a smart person (you don’t get to be a credit union leaders otherwise), and you inherently know that the blithering idiot is not going to produce great results. And if your future well-being depends on that blithering idiot…well…you’re not going to feel very safe, are you?It’s the same with your team. When the pressure is on, they’re looking to you to see if you are, A) calm and confident (i.e., safe), or, B) a blithering idiot made of quivering Jell-O® (i.e., unsafe).If the leader panics, the team panics. And it’s really hard to produce great results when you’re all panicking.Here’s why this is particularly important—and it goes beyond the scope of the particular high-pressure situation. Because high-pressure situations come and go. You get through one, and before you know it, another one’s right around the corner. So your team may not remember—once enough time has passed—what specific decision you made for any particular situation.But they will never forget how you made them feel.Days, weeks, years after the fact, they’ll remember whether you made them feel like their future was in jeopardy…or if you made them feel safe. And that will determine how eager they’ll be to follow you into battle the next time the pressure’s on.Your credit union team wants to know if you can get them through the pressure situations safely. To a large extent, it’s your demeanor that will answer the question: Is it safe? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Detailslast_img read more