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Satellite-TV service bowed to Moscow, Georgia

Author: Eli Lake, The Washington Times, Published on: 3 February 2010

The Republic of Georgia is charging a Paris-based satellite provider [Eutelsat] with caving in to Russian pressure after the company blocked a Georgia-based Russian-language station from broadcasting into the Caucasus region. "After eliminating most of the Russian-language independent media inside its borders, Russia's attempt to silence the first Caucasian channel in collaboration with the state-owned French firm represents an alarming precedent of international political censorship," Georgia's ambassador to Washington, Batu Kutelia, said…Eutelsat counters that it only broadcast the First Caucasian channel on a "test" basis and will offer another satellite to broadcast the channel to the Georgians. "We were broadcasting the channel on a test basis. The test terminated according to the dates agreed in advance with the channel," Vanessa O'Connor, head of corporate communications for Eutelsat, said…[also refers to Gazprom, Intersputnik, NDTV]

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Related companies: Eutelsat Gazprom