OC Media (Open Caucasus Media) is an independent online news platform covering news from the North and South Caucasus regions.

OC Media
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TypeOnline newspaper
Founder(s)Mariam Nikuradze, Dominik K Cagara, and Caroline Sutcliffe
Editor-in-chiefRobin Fabbro[1]
FoundedJanuary 2017; 6 years ago (2017-01)
LanguageEnglish and Russian
WebsiteEnglish: OC-Media.org
Russian OC-Media.org/RU/


OC Media is a Tbilisi-based website that publishes in English and Russian. The website was launched by journalists Mariam Nikuradze and Dominik K. Cagara and brings together journalists from throughout the Caucasus.[2][3][4]

The site covers the South Caucasus nations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, Russia's North Caucasus republics, and the disputed territories of Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and South Ossetia.[5][6]

OC Media receives funding from different organizations and institutions as well as their readers. It has received funding from organizations such as UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Open Society Foundations, the National Endowment for Democracy, the European Endowment for Democracy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.[3]

In March 2020, Georgian rights group the Human Rights Education and monitoring centre (EMC) appealed to the government after an undercover investigation by OC Media revealed poor working conditions in several textile factories in the country.[7][8] They called on the Department of Labour Inspection to immediately inspect garment factories and for Parliament to pass legislative changes to prevent future violations of workers’ rights.

In October 2020, the site was temporarily taken offline by a cyberattack. The outlet's management attributed the attack to their coverage of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Our Team". OC Media. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  2. ^ "A progressive, pro-peace voice in the Caucasus". European Endowment for Democracy. 2020-11-18. Retrieved 2020-11-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "Who we are". OC Media. Retrieved 2020-05-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "16th South Caucasus Media Conference". OSCE. Retrieved 2020-05-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Narimanishvili, Nino (2020-06-21). "OC Media პანდემიის პირისპირ, დაფინანსების ახალი გზების ძიებაში - ინტერვიუ მარიამ ნიკურაძესთან" [OC Media in the face of the pandemic, in search of new means of financing — Interview with Mariam Nikuradze]. Media Checker (in Georgian). Retrieved 2020-06-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "How OC Media is training the next generation of freelance journalists in the Caucasus region". Engaged Journalism. Retrieved 2020-11-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Inside Georgia's textile industry". OC Media. Retrieved 2020-11-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "EMC სამკერვალოებში დასაქმებული ქალების შრომით ექსპლუატაციას ეხმიანება" [EMC responds to the labour exploitation of women employed in sewing]. The Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre (EMC) (in Georgian). Retrieved 2020-11-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Хакеры атаковали OC Media методом "грубой силы"" [Hackers attack OC Media with brute force attack]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (in Russian). 2020-10-29. Retrieved 2020-11-16.
  10. ^ "OC Media-ზე კიბერთავდასხმა მოხდა" [Cyber attack on OC Media]. On.ge (in Georgian). 2020-10-29. Retrieved 2020-11-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "OC-Media". Justice for Journalists. Retrieved 2020-11-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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