( Civil ) - Imedi TV, which has been shut down by the authorities, is "an alternative source of information, the presence of which is part of Georgia's pluralistic media landscape," Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, said.
Haraszti, along with the EU special representative for South Caucasus, Peter Semneby are visiting Tbilisi to discuss situation surrounding Imedi TV station.
"Access to a diverse spectrum of news is especially important in view of the upcoming presidential elections," Haraszti said.
He met with Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze, who paid one-day visit to Vienna on November 21, to discuss issues related with Imedi TV.
In Tbilisi Haraszti is expected to meet with government officials, politicians, lawyers, and media professionals, including Imedi management and staff.
Meanwhile, a nine-party opposition coalition plans to hold a demonstration on November 25 in Tbilisi to demand resumption of Imedi TV's broadcast.
Meanwhile, Imedi radio, which is part of the media holding also involving the television station, also remains off air. With regards to the TV station, two separate decisions by the courts and the Georgian National Communications Commission remain in force, keeping the station off the air. However, despite being off the air, the radio station has no such judgments legally preventing it from resuming broadcasts.
"We have not received any paper, or notification, explaining why we can not resume broadcasting," Nona Kandiashvili, managing director of Imedi radio, said on November 20.
The radio station's, along with the TV station's, studios remain sealed off by police and staff haven't been allowed back to work.