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Political show on Tbilisi streets. Restart

2009-04-23 12:53

4/8/6/2486.jpegBut for the eye of Omniscience - i.e. cameras that are literally everywhere now - the world would have been different. And now each spoken word and each moved finger are recorded with a camera, or a cell phone! But this is not all. The time of pushing the button and enjoying a spectacle to one's heart's content is over: now before you could say Jack Robinson the material is live on TV for the public. This is democracy. But the Georgian opposition assures democracy is lacking. From April 22 Free Street Television starts broadcasting on Tbilisi streets.


"In front of the State Chancellery a TV studio will be mounted to broadcast "alternative news" to a large screen", - Nregion quotes Irma Inaishvili, the head of "Objective" union of journalists. According to her Objective studio has lost the TV frequency license and will broadcast to the screens set up in different parts of the city. She says the "street television" project is not funded and "all necessary equipment was donated by friends or obtained on our own".

Within the Street TV project the journalists will operate throughout the city in ad hoc "media centers" disseminating materials on human rights violations during the opposition protests. The so called "open studio" will also offer stands to the people eager to express their opinion on the events going on in the country or share their problems. Among the hosts of political talk shows to be launched within the project will be well-known journalists Lyuba Iliashvili, Nino Tskhoidze and actor Gogi Kavtaradze.

Will all this change the situation in the country? Sounds like a rhetorical question. At the time of Shevarnadze, as many Georgian journalists admit, there was more democracy on TV. Some channels were even allowed to be sarcastic and mock at the top officials. Was it democracy or not? Hardly. Indeed almost everything could be spoken out and broadcast. But let's not forget that every medal has its reverse. Top officials permitted criticism but all was in vain. Journalist investigations exposing corruption (for example) did not urge the officials to act.

The current president is intolerant of any criticism of himself due to his character or maybe young age. So the journalists accuse the authorities of discrimination against the media calling for freedom of the press. It should be acknowledged though that in the 21st century the world has really changed. The phrase "who owns information owns the world" has been transformed thanks to PR-technologies and now has the following interpretation: everyone owns information but the world depends on the way and purpose one presents it.

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