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Unwanted Freedom

2009-10-08 10:58

4204.jpegAn American radio station is going to start broadcasting for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The first broadcast of a special program in Russian will be realized by Radio Freedom in less than a month. Meanwhile, neither Sukhum, nor Tskhinval received a corresponding application, not caring much about Tbilisi's permission at the same time.

A voice of America's megaphone - Radio Freedom - is going to reach Abkhazia and South Ossetia within the nearest few weeks. This was reported to ITAR-TASS by the company spokesman Martins Zvaners.

A daily one-hour program in Russian is to get aired for the first time on November 2.

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As explained by Zvaners, it will be "classic" in its essence, which means it will contain news and event reviews and have an utterly peaceful character, being aimed at "reconciliation and bridge building between the various parties and viewpoints in the region".

The program will be organized by the Georgian and Russian office of the radio station. "Journalists across the whole region of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia will be involved in the project", - the company spokesman noted.

Zvaners also left open the possibility of journalist Andrey Babitskiy's participation in organizing the program. As Internet-publication Pravda.ru reminds, this Radio Freedom journalist is known for his scandalous reports during the Chechen war. Some of the Russian military men and politicians accused him of prejudice and shifting the militants' blame.

On the whole, a radio station introducing the policy of the US State Department will hardly be capable of organizing a program meeting the interests of all the people in the region, for the Americans do not recognize the Abkhaizans' and Ossetians' right of self-determination and protection against genocide.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the republic Alan Pliev in an interview to ITAR-TASS expressed his doubts as to the objectiveness of covering the events in South Ossetia by Radio Freedom.

He also asked how "the unprejudiced journalists of the radio station are going to cover the US' role in arming Georgia and preparing the Georgian army both prior to and after August 2008".

Besides, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also underlined that because of the republic's borders, broadcasting will inevitably affect the quality of any broadcasts aired.

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