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I Admit that I Am a Journalist thus I Am a Spy

19.07.2011
It has been more than a week the protest rallies are underway in Tbilisi for the support of the detained photo reporters. On July 18th the protest rally was held in front of #8 Penitentiary Department of Gldani.

The protest rally participants originally expressed their protest – the whistling and car signals did not stop for 7 minutes. The demonstrators indicated that for 7 years freedom of speech is under danger in Georgia.
“This is a country where there is no normal court and investigation. The human rights defenders and media knows it best. These are two spheres destroyed by President Saakashvili from the first day of his governance. He gets the protest rallies as a response and exactly these rallies will show his true face to the international world,” – stated the representative of Media Union Objective to Human Rights Center.

The action was attended by journalists, politicians and representatives of NGOs. The action participants made a life chain with a slogan: “I admit that I am a journalist thus I am a spy.”

Journalists are not stopping protest rallies after the confessional testimony of Giorgi Abdaladze and think that this is a testimony obtained by pressure mechanisms and it does not have any legal force or significance.

According to protest rally participants, the protest will go on not only for the support of the detained photo reporters, but in general the free speech.

Mariam Imerlishvili

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