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RFE Journalist Receives Award For Rights Work

Award Recipients - Rekhviashvili second from left; Public Defender Giorgi Tugushi third from right.
Jimsher Rekhviashvili, a journalist with RFE’s Georgian Service has been recognized for his work covering women’s rights issues.

An investigative journalist for RFE’s Radio Tavisupleba, Rekhviashvili was given the award by the Public Defender of Georgia for his report "Women Call for Gender Equality – A Prerequisite to a Country’s Vigor."

"We’re very proud of him," says Georgian Service Director David Kakabadze. "Jimsher is quite an experienced journalist, and this is not the first award he has received. He is a great asset to our service.”

Rekhviashvili won in the category of "Best TV-Radio Program," a condensed category in which the competition spanned two different mediums. "Even more impressive," laughs Kakabadze.

The awards are an outgrowth of the EU-funded "Supporting Public Defender’s Office" project. Chartered from 2008-2010, the initiative’s stated goal is to support reform of the criminal justice system within Georgia through the promotion of human rights and rule of law. This is the first year the prize has been awarded. has a complete rundown of the winners.