The controversy over energy payments in IDP cottage settlements

Since the New Year, TI Georgia has heard a number of reports from civil society and media organizations claiming that IDPs in the new cottage settlements were unfairly required to pay large electricity and gas bills in January, and that many had lost their services altogether because they were unable to pay.

Georgian TV spreads misinformation about alleged arrest of Spanish journalists in Abkhazia

Several Georgian media outlets have turned the fact that a Spanish journalist had his bag stolen in a Sokhumi coffee shop into an anti-Russian/anti-Abkhaz propaganda exercise.

Paying for attention – Georgia's lobbying efforts

In late January, the Georgian Government hired the American lobbying firm Gephardt Group Government Affairs, founded by the former Democratic House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, to promote Georgia's interests. The one-year contract is worth USD 436,000.