Corruption in Georgia/The Argus goes multimedia

by Andy on 4/8/2004 · 1 comment

Newsnight, the BBCs flagship late night news program, has just aired a 15 minute report on the new Georgian government’s attempts to fight corruption. The report closely follows the new (30 year old!) prosecutor general and also includes an interview with Mikhail Saakashvili.

I particularly liked Saakashvili’s idea to cut the police force by 75% – the rationale being that Georgia only really needs 20,000 policemen and, with the money they save from not paying the other 60,000, they can pay their police a sensible wage, thus reducing the need for police to take bribes to supplement their meagre incomes.

And the hidden-camera shirt. Way cool but, really, how many lumberjacks are there in Georgia?

Anyway, check out the whole Newsnight broadcast here. Skip past the two talking monkeys (don’t ask), the stuff on Iraq & Condi Rice, to the holy grail of 33 minutes, 30 seconds. Thats where the actions at. But be quick. It’ll only be up for the next 24 hours – until 22:30 BST on 9th April.

Update: I’ve just realised, it’s the Easter break and no Newsnight until next week so, with a bit of luck, the link above should be available until Tuesday night (13 April).

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Nathan April 8, 2004 at 9:38 pm

That was great, thanks for putting that up. It’s great to see these young men and women committed to sweeping the rot out of Georgia.

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