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"Georgian Dream" against censorship

2012-03-29 15:31

Political coalition "Georgian Dream" has expressed its support to the Editor in Chief of the magazine «Forbes Georgia» Revaz Sakevarishvili, who was fired under the decision of the management of the company «Media Partners» due to the article about Georgian businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili. In a statement, the coalition noted that Sakevarishvili noted that he had been dismissed because of an article about Ivanishvili, which has been subjected to strict censorship.


As reported by the IA GHN, political coalition "Georgian Dream", founded by the Georgian businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili, has expressed its support to the chief editor of the magazine «Forbes Georgia» Sakevarishvili Revaz, who was fired under the decision of the management of the company «Media Partners».

"The journalist alleges a violation of the fundamental principles of the world-recognized brand. There has never happened such a scandal with «Forbes» in any other country in the world. «Forbes Georgia» has published the information that allegedly there was other cause of the conflict, and that the very editorial board had fired Sakevarishvili because of plagiarism of the questions he asked in an interview (!), which has nothing common with interference in editorial policy. This statement by the editorial board is quite incompetent. The real purpose of government and its customers is clear - to block any activity of Bidzina Ivanishvili once again", said in a statement of the coalition.

According to the edition, "Georgian Dream" has indicated that the censorship and interference in editorial policy has become commonplace by the authorities, but this time, their "hand made ​​it to one of the world's most famous edition". "The political coalition "Georgian Dream" expresses its support to Revaz Sakevarishvili, as well as to all the journalists, who value independent media", said in a statement of the coalition.

Recall, Editor in Chief of the "Forbes Georgia" Revaz Sakevarishvili has left the magazine, accusing the publisher of censorship editing an interview with the billionaire and opposition politician Boris (Bidzina) Ivanishvili.

According to the, Sakevarishvili accused the president of the publishing house Editorial Media Partners (which has a license for issuing "Forbes" in Georgia) Gagik Yeghiazaryan of interfering in the internal affairs of the edition. According to the now former Editor in Chief, the intervention in editorial policy had permanent nature, but the last straw was an interview with the businessman and opposition Ivanishvili (the richest man in Georgia). Sakevarishvili argues that, initially, the president of Media Partners wanted to take part in the drafting of questions to the billionaire, and then started to change and cut the finished material.

Former Editor in Chief stated he had left the edition in protest, since such interference in editorial independence is unacceptable. Sakevarishvili added that he did not know the motives that guided Yeghiazaryan.

At the same time, according to the very company Media Partners, which publishes "Forbes Georgia", the dismissal of the Editor in Chief Revaz Sakevarishvili from the post was not related to the interference in editorial policy, the Business Georgia reported.

The publishing house stated the real reason for his dismissal was violation by Sakevarishvili of the legal rules and ethics of publishing industry. The matter was an interview of the Georgian opposition billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.

According to Media Partners, the majority of questions, asked to the businessman, had been literally copied from an article published in the Russian newspaper "Vedomosti" in 2005.


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