Free Media Awards 2009
Batumelebi - Georgia

Batumelebi is an independent, innovative weekly newspaper published in Batumi, capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

Over the past two years, Batumelebi has gone from being a regional newspaper to becoming a national newspaper that represents a strong, highly professional contribution to the Georgian media landscape.

The newspaper is a prime example of freedom of the press, journalistic principles and human courage.

The newspaper was nominated by G√ľnter Verheugen, Vice President of the EU Commission, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner of the EU Commission. The prize is accompanied by EUR 30 000.