Georgian Interior Minister refuses to meet with protesters
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 12 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili and Ministry Spokesman Zurab Gvenetadze refused to meet with journalists protesting in front of the Interior Ministry.
The protestors were told that Merabishvili and Gvenetadze are not in Tbilisi, and hence will not be able to meet with representatives of the Board of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics.
A Charter member Zviad Koridze said the protestors' statement, which includes four claims, has already been registered.
Meanwhile, the media holding company "Alia Holding" began collecting signatures on demand to release the arrested journalists Zurab Qurtsikidze and Giorgi Abdaladze. The holding's relevant statement will be sent to the accredited embassies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, EU, the Council of Europe, the media of democratic countries, and international human rights organizations.
The statement noted that the case should be declassified "Secret" and the investigation must be conducted objectively and transparently.
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. They are accused of spying. Natia Gedenidze was released on bail.