Gomelauri and Gharibashvili declared Open Hunting Season for Journalists and Cameramen - Joint Statement by Media Managers


Gomelauri and Gharibashvili declared an opent hunting season for journalists and cameramen - a joint statement of media managers today about the events on the streets of Tbilisi and the attacks of the perpetrators.

The directors of "Mtavari Channel", "Formula" and "TV Pirveli" made a joint statement a few minutes ago.

We call on all media outlets to protect journalists themselves. Their lives are not protected - says Vato Tsereteli, director of TV Pirveli.

A dangerous process that will bring nothing good to the country. Authorities gave the green light to violence - says Zuka Gumbaridze, head of "Formula"

The media managers place responsibility for everything on the government and first of all to the Prime Minister, who in their estimation encouraged the current violence. In addition to the government, media managers say the church is responsible.

The Georgian government does not, or fails to fulfill its obligation to protect citizens from criminals who threaten to kill people;

Our journalists have received significant injuries Says Nika Gvaramia.

According to the CEO of the Mtavari Channel, the Georgian authorities have not taken responsibility for this, and the police are acting within their capabilities, but not preventively. In addition, their number is not enough.

According to Nika Gvaramia, the perpetrators attack all media outlets and not only the critical ones. He expressed solidarity with Rustavi 2, Imedi, the Public Broadcaster, Palitra and all the media whose journalists were beaten by the perpetrators today.

"The fact is that there is no guarantee of protection, there is a threat to human health and life, I do not call anyone and I do not ask to retreat, I ask to take into account that life and health are the most important," said Nika Gvaramia.

According to him, in such a situation, the safety, health and life of people can not and will not be protected.

Nika Gvaramia calls on the ruling majority and the Speaker of the Parliament to evaluate the current statement of Prime Minister Gharibashvili, who, according to him, encouraged violence.

Gharibashvili encouraged the perpetrators and resorted to political speculation and used the perpetrators for the election campaign, which is shameful- says Nika Gvaramia.

Media managers also address diplomats and call on them to be more actively involved and to state their position on everything that is happening in Tbilisi.