Sun., 26.11.1435 Hjr / 21.09.2014, 07:03 Emirate time РусскийEnglishtürkçeعربي

main

mirrors

add. formats
Google
Kavkaz-Center
WWW
Our button

News feeds
 
CaucasusEvents Also in this section

SCANDAL. French stopped retransmission of the First Caucasian TV Channel

Publication time: 29 January 2010, 15:09

The retransmission of the First Caucasian TV channel broadcasted in Russian from Tbilisi was discontinued on Thursday by a French satellite belonging to the Eutelsat, Zurab Dvalim, the director general of the channel, said to the BBC Russia.

 

The First Caucasian worked in a test mode from January 15th to 28th and was swiched off when the test period ended.

 

The channel managers are now conducting negotiations with the French company about the conditions for using the satellite, Dvali said.

 

He believes the channel could have been be disconnected "with Russia's help."

 

In an interview with a BBC correspondent, Dvali didn't ruled out that Moscow was exerting pressure on France to prevent the company to extend the agreement.

 

A French paper, Le Figaro, wrote that the rumors about stopping retransmission of the First Caucasian Channel appeared on Tuesday. Representatives of Eutelsat told the newspaper that the retransmission was terminated due to the expiration of the trial period.

 

However, talks between the Georgian TV and the French company are continuing. The Eutelsat said nothing about the situation stating that "the company does not comment on ongoing negotiations."

 

Meanwhile, a source in the Eutelsat, as Le Figaro wrote, mentioned an "interference" from outside that was able to "harm" the company.

 

The French newspaper wrote, the Georgian side condemned Moscow but made no decision yet of what to do with the French satellite company - whether to express an understanding of its problems or to condemn it that it succumbed to the Kremlin's pressure.

 

The Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, as Le Figaro wrote, "objects" to "propagandize" Russian authorities.

 

Experts say the Georgian government founded the television station to spite Kremlin-funded Russia's television stations that broadcast throughout the region.

 

The channel was created by the Public Television of Georgia earlier this year. The founders said their main objective was "to bring truth to peoples in North Caucasus - to Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan as well as to Russian republics in the Caucasus that fight against the Kremlin's armed forces ".

 

Le Figaro cites an unnamed French diplomat in Tbilisi who said on Tuesday that the "Kremlin is putting strong pressure on the Eutelsat to compel it to annul the contract with Georgia".

 

"If we won't agree with the France, we will air through another satellite," the director general Zurab Dvali said to the BBC Russia.

 

Le Figaro writes that the situation with the First Caucasian is similar to the situation in 2008 when the Eutelsat stopped retransmitting the Chinese channel New Tang Dynasty Television that was highly critical of the authorities in Beijing.

 

The company, however, always assured that the discontinuation of retransmission of the Chinese channel was caused not by political but by technical reasons.

 

Department of Monitoring,

Kavkaz Center


WAR ON ISLAM. ''Islam in U.S. needs to be cut out as a cancer''
Al Arabiya: IS relocate its troops in preparation for possible US air strikes
Houthi's Shias storm capital of Yemen
FINANCIAL TIMES: Most dangerous enemy - Russia
CIA: Moscow’s claims to Baltic States are not just propaganda game
F. Breedlove: Illegal invasions into Baltic countries will be regarded as beginning of war
Russians sent to GULAG an Uralian for Hitler's speeches, distributed in the mainstream West
Province of Chechnya. Kadyrov's thugs kidnap girl in headscarf, beat and rape her
SYRIA. Exposure of spy network. Fightings in Damascus, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo
PAKISTAN. Tehrik-e-Taliban neutralized enemy soldiers in attack on military fort
Double spy of the CIA and the KGB to be to be put on trial in Red Korea
Problem with dead bodies of 'non-existent' Russian soldiery in Ukraine solved Russian way
Turkey refuses fighting IS
RUSSIAN ENEMY. Experts demand from feckless and timid Western leaders to respond to Russian threat
On the day of publication of Obama's strategy to combat the IS, 28 commanders of the FML were killed in Syria
MINSK AGREEMENT. Battle for the east of Ukraine is for now lost for Kiev
Kremlin ringleader's bravado premature, warns former ambassador
One year ago, on September 7, 2013, Emir of CE Dokku Abu Usman martyred, Insha'Allah
Foreign Policy: Will Putin attack with nuclear weapons? Warsaw to hit first
Jordan doesn't enters NATO coalition against the IS
Moscow's homeless to be resettled in Russian-occupied Ukrainian Donbass
CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY: ''Putin is under Satan's spell and faces eternal damnation''
SYRIA. IF surrounds old fortress of Aleppo. Assadites bomb Raqqa
FUNERALS RUSSIAN WAY. No mass return of Russian soldiers in coffins, Russians dump their corpses in coal mines
Province of Dagestan. Fightings, ambushes, mass searches