Strength in Numbers

On Sunday nights in Georgia nearly everyone stays in to watch TV. First there’s a satirical cartoon called Dardubella, featuring the animated antics of President Eduard Shevardnadze and his hapless ministers. Then comes 60 Minutes, an anticorruption program that investigates everything from dodgy privatization schemes to police bribery scams.

Both are produced by Rustavi 2, a fiercely independent TV channel much unloved by the government. Often the focus of the exposés has been feared Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze, who in October went on air in a Rustavi 2 studio to accuse the channel of "treason" and to...

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