Photographers hold silent protest in front of Georgian Interior Ministry
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 9 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Photographers held a silent protest in front of the Georgian Interior Ministry's second building on the Vaja Pshavela Prospect in Tbilisi this night.
About 20 Photographers lined up in a human chain and expressed solidarity with four press photographers, who were detained on charges of transferring classified information to foreign intelligence agencies.
They wore white T-shirts on which was depicted the camera, crossed a red line. They stated that the sign symbolizes the ban on photography.
The Counter Intelligence Department of the Georgian Interior Ministry has detained the following persons: Zurab Qurtsikidze, the representative of European Photo Agency, Irakli Gedenidze, photographer of the President's Administration, his spouse Natia Gedenidze, and Giorgi Abdaladze, photographer of the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
The Interior Ministry reported that detainees are accused of supplying the organization with various information and operating under cover of one of the foreign country's special services against Georgia's interests.
The protestors stated that they do not believe in the guilt of their colleagues. Reuters covered the event.
Accusations were brought against Gedenidze, Abdaladze and Kurtsikidze this night. Gedenidze was released.
Today, the city court will hold a process to decide on preventive measures against the detained photographers.