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Unwitting Wealth: How a Local Official Scooped up a Georgian Village

The head of the village appears to have abused a new land-titling system intended to help illiterate farmers, using it to take control of a chunk of former state land for himself, according to an investigation by iFact.

Plots of land in Duzagrama under the control of Mukhtar Ismayilov. (Photo: ifact.ge)

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Opinion: Assigning the Real Blame in a Lebanese Tragedy

Last Friday, tens of thousands of Lebanese viewers watched in horror as a businessman collapsed live on air during a video interview with two prominent investigative journalists.

Protesters demonstrating against the drop in value of the Lebanese pound and the economic crisis facing the country burn tires in Beirut, Lebanon, in March 2021. (Photo: Hussein Kassir/Alamy Stock Photo)

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Violent Threats Against Journalists Point to Lingering Impunity in Bosnian Police

A senior police official in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina threatened to rip a journalist’s throat out. Widely hailed as a war hero, Zoran Čegar has spent years in top positions despite repeated scandals, pointing to a pervasive culture of impunity.

Barely restrained by his own lawyer, Čegar lunges at a CIN journalist outside Dubrovnik’s Municipal Courthouse. (Photo: CIN)

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Opinion: Kyrgyzstan’s Move to Block Radio Azattyk Is a Sign of Trouble — For the Government

On October 26, Kyrgyz authorities blocked the website of Radio Azattyk, the Kyrgyz branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, for a period of two months. The reason was a story about new clashes on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, in which dozens of people died and thousands were forced to temporarily evacuate. Two days ago, Azattyk’s bank accounts were also frozen without clear explanation — by order of the Kyrgyz secret police, Azattyk’s management learned.

A Radio Azattyk reporter covers a protest against corruption in the Kyrgyz customs service in Bishkek in December 2019. (Photo: Gulzhan Turdubayeva/Radio Azattyk)