Newspapers such as Chemi Kharagauli (My Kharagauli) and Akhali Kharagauli (New Kharagauli), TV channels including Rustavi 2, Imedi and First Channel make up media outlets providing news in Kharagauli district and the villages located within 10 km radius.
How would you assess media outlets you receive information from? Do you get fully aware of the events ongoing in Georgia and in Kharagauli? Do you trust these media outlets? – Media.ge tried to get answers to the given questions from Kharagauli dwellers and Isnari and Partskhnari villagers.
Zaza Birkadze, 38, village Partskhnari: “I watch Imedi and Rustavi for some fun, if I want to learn objective opinion I switch to Channel 25. Making a comparison it’s evident Rustavi 2 covers people’s problems less and mainly focuses on the achievements of the government.”
Yuri Buachidze, 87: “I am subscribed to both of the local newspapers, I don’t like either though since none of them writes on anything interesting. I would like them to publish stories, but instead they keep on writing on budget and statistics, Gemgebeli’s activities, I am fed up with that! Would be nice to have a TV program to learn what and when is on? I do like TVs but would be happy if they show old movies too, such as Lost Paradise, Dariko. They keep on airing the same, nothing else.”
Iza Buachidze, 70, former school headmaster: “I am subscribed to the Chemi Kharagauli, the Akhali
Kharagauli is being delivered to the school and afterwards I fetch it from there. Initially I did not like the Akhali Kharagauli, thought it was a weak one – only governmental orders used to be published but according to its title it should be including everything about Kharagauli. Earlier it used to publish thank you letters to the government and I disliked that, what was that for?! “I like the Chemi Khragauli for the inserts we learn about human rights and healthcare from, whatever is essential to know.” Out of TV channels I favor First Channel. Imedi and Rustavi are the channels for TV series and games. News programs are often biased. During Soviet times TV channels used to lie: here we live in communism. Same now – only praising to the government is being on. While so many things are happening in the country they should be reporting on. Tiresome amount of commercials is another issue, they discourage me to watch anything.”
Nino Buachidze, 49: “I am subscribed to both of the local newspapers, they fill up one another- Chemi Kharaguli is more full of criticism, being considered as an oppositional print edition and that’s the essential function. ”The Akhali Kharagauli reports on Gamgeoba activities. Televisions keep featuring prettified reality. I do often feel the deficit for information since the events lack truth, I learn it from phone conversations with relatives living in the capital and telling how the things really are.”
Tamar Meiperiani, 60, village Isnari: “I like Akhali Kharagauli very much, it provides a more up-to-date coverage, interesting letters are being published on politics, life in the district. The newspaper writes on whatever I know, whatever the truth is. We like televisions too, we have no access to other channels. We trust whatever there is.”
David Gatsitadze, 60: “The Chemi Kharagauli is more informative, writes thoroughly on whatever is being on. For instance we learn about someone’s death from it. Earlier we used to watch Maestro, via satellite dish, until it went off air. Rustavi 2 seems to be Saakashvili’s channel. They broadcast whatever they wish to. They keep on reporting on paving the roads.
Inga Magradze, 28, village Leghvnari: “We are subscribed to the Chemi Kharagauli but we are delivered the newspaper with a delay. We learn on someone’s death or wedding two months later since we are delivered accumulated newspapers once every two months. Other news we learn from television. Sometimes, in rainy and windy weather wires go out of order and TV broadcasting gets unavailable.”
Nino Magradze, 30, Kharagauli district: “I usually read an independent newspaper Chemi Kharagauli. I read the Akhali Kharagauli whenever I am interested in the act Gamgeoba does not provide to the Chemi Kharagauli. The Akhali Kharagauli does not imply criticism towards self-government, it features only positive steps. From my viewpoint it should be a news bulletin since it was founded for publishing legal acts and is being funded from the budget. I have made an observation that public officials are made to buy the newspaper. I learn the rest of the news from social media – I have access to internet.”