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Saakashvili’s trial is ready to go on air2009-11-03 18:25
Maestro TV Channel with its Cell No. 5 live talk-show, which used to encourage the opposition in spring, is going to start a new project. The People's Court program initiated by leader of the Tetrebi (The White) movement Termur Shashiashvili is going to be launched this month. Will the accusations he has prepared mobilize the people to new protest actions?
Surely, someone in Georgia must be sorry that the May explosion not far from Maestro TV Company was not strong enough to make it go off air forever.
Recently, the independent TV Channel is launching a new project that is going to be rather unpleasant for the country's government and Mikhail Saakashvili personally.
The point at issue is the People's TV-Court; the relevant materials for the program have been thoroughly gathered since June by former governor of the Imeretinskiy region, current leader of the Tetrebi movement Temur Shashiashvili.
However, the compromising information might fail to reach the audience. Before the project launch, founder of the TV Channel Mamuka Glonti reported that the authorities are pressing upon the cable TV channels to suspend Maestro's broadcasting. The channel does not have its own frequency, so if the connection with the cable networks is broken the channel will be able to broadcast its programs only through the Internet.
Maestro acquired the license for satellite broadcasting in summer but the channel has got no opportunity to use it so far. The new technology was supposed to be applied since September 15; later on, this term was suspended until October.
However, this turned out to be impossible as well. As Mamuka Glonti explained to portal Business Georgia, the TV Company is to make monthly payment of 18 thousand dollars to get access to the satellite and the channel does not have the sum. Partially, the lack of money is attributed to the government, which holds control over entrepreneurs and does not allow any commercial integration on the oppositional TV.
Thus, Maestro's audience is going to get worse unless the pressure upon the cable companies is ceased.
What are the authorities afraid of? The People's Court initiator Shashiashvili has already told about several crimes of the head of state. The first one was Mikhail Saakashvili's occasional knocking against a passer-by, which resulted in the man's death; still, the president managed to escape any responsibility. According to former governor of the Imeretinskiy region, this was what Badri Patarkatsishvili, a tycoon and an oppositionist, wanted to accuse his opponent of. Last year Patarkatsishvili died in London.