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The Imedi scandal: reverse reaction2010-03-15 23:07
A scandal around the report made by the Imedi Georgian channel and broadcasted on Saturday evening is gradually developing into an international one. Europe and the USA followed the Georgian opposition and the authorities of Russia and South Ossetia in criticizing the provocative actions. However, the masterpiece produced by the Georgian TV-reporters has got its supporters besides the president of the country.
As GeorgiaTimes has recently reported, on Saturday evening, the Imedi Georgian TV channel aroused panic throughout the country by revealing information about the alleged intrusion of the Russian troops and the murder of the country's President Mikhail Saakashvili. Having warned the audience that the TV channel was showing the scenario of probable events, "if the Georgian society does not consolidate against the Russian plan", the TV company started broadcasting the "Special report" program with the common newsreel logo, telling about the intrusion into the country and the murder of the country's president.
The TV company showed the citizens trying to escape from Tbilisi in panic. It was said that chaos swept Gori, Mtskheta and other regions. The program caused true panic throughout the country, so long as those who did not see the program logo took it seriously. People from different regions of the country started calling each other, as well as the broadcasting studio in order to find out what was going on. Later on, the Imedi channel apologized before the audience for the report that "was sheer imitation and had nothing to do with true facts".
However, the apologies made by the Georgian TV reporters were hardly necessary to the Georgian people who felt like laboratory rats and the closest neighbors of the republic who were obviously defamed.
Right after the scandalous broadcasting, the Georgian opposition gathered for a meeting near the TV company building. In the opinion of the objectors, the report was agreed upon with the head of the state and was aimed at "washing the people's brains". Former Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Nino Burjanadze underlined that the main problem of the republic lies in Mikhail Saakashvili and his irresponsible and inadequate government that does not care about common people. Burjanadze said that a lawsuit is being filed against Imedi; she joined other oppositional forces in her intention to punish the guilty ones.