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Bidzina of mass destruction2011-11-02 13:03
Press conference of opposition billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, which was under discussion in recent days, finally took place. And it became clear why there was incredible fuss around it.
For the first time in many years on the air of Georgian television, there was expressed an opinion about the sociopolitical situation in the country, which runs counter to the officious legends, which flooded the media space of Sakartvelo, controlled by Saakashvili's regime. But Mishiko's henchmen tried to the last, and already before the start of the event they were trying to blame the businessman's security, who provided safety at the briefing, of abuse of power.
At least the number of journalists, accredited at the press conference, indicated the interest of ordinary Georgians, tired from the mindless chatter of Mikheil Saakashvili and his cronies, to Bidzina Ivanishvili and his political program. "About 200 journalists, including representatives of foreign media, have got accreditation for the press conference, which will last 30-40 minutes. Representatives of the television, radio, newspapers and information agencies will be able to ask questions to businessman", said the press secretariat of the businessman and philanthropist on the eve.
The excitement was realy extraordinary. It was clear that it will be the informational bomb, and the government directed all the forces to discredit the event in order to somehow reduce the public outcry, and initiated an unattractive fuss around it. First, the general director of the Public Television Gia Chanturia, who had earlier promised to provide the billionaire a live broadcasting, has refused to announce a press conference. In response to a fair bewilderment of Ivanishvili's representatives, he said that the businessman apparently decided not to communicate with people, since he made such utter demands. Then he has nearly went back down, saying that billionaire will get live broadcast only for the time, while it will be "interesting to the public". The head of GPB did not elaborate who has the right to decide whether the public has such interest or not. But even without explanation, it is clear who - Avlabar specialist on self-promotion. Then, through the mass media, they made an attempt to convince the residents of the country in a "soviet" mentality of Ivanishvili on the grounds that the concept of accreditation has long lost its relevance in the Georgian information field. As if the billionaire gives access to his person only to the selected ones. The media, which circulated this information, decided not to focus on security considerations, which made the accreditation more than justified, given the number of journalists, eager to take part in the event, and the very status of the richest citizen of Georgia. And the unenviable fate of Zhvania and Patarkatsishvili made Ivanishvili's security to exercise increased vigilance. Therefore, the business center, where the briefing took place, had taken unprecedented security measures.
Just before the start of the event, the last attempt to speculate on this topic was made. Public television has accused the businessman's security of insulting journalists. "The GPB is outraged by the process of checking journalists and those humiliating actions that take place in relation to those journalists who were to attend the press conference of Bidzina Ivanishvili, said representatives of the channel. We want to apply to Ivanishvili and his press office to pay attention to this problem and to allow journalists to carry out their professional activities. Videos of these facts will be presented in the main release of Public Broadcaster".