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“Public Television will not be the “Pocket” Television of the Government”

07.10.2004

“Public Television will not be the “Pocket” Television of the Government”

Tbilisi.07.10.04. Media News. Discussions on broadcasting bill were held in Human Rights Committee of the parliament.

The majority of the Committee members voted for the bill but clash of opinions also occurred. According to Koka Guntsadze, the chairman of the Committee session and the member of “Right Wing Opposition – Industrials, New Rights” television broadcasting is a private business; the shares of the public television may be sold and the management may go into the hands of the people.

According to Nazi Aronia, Member of parliamentary majority the public television should be controlled by people, e.g. NGOs should control if the freedom of speech is maintained in the public television. She stated that the public television will not be the “pocket” television of the government.

Kakha Kukava, MP does not agree with the opinions of some of the colleagues from the parliamentary majority that the public television must transmit the actions of the president and the government. In Kukava’s opinion the bill should undergo drastic changes; otherwise he is not going to support it.

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