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A talk to Misha

2010-03-16 22:16

5579.jpegThe scandal over the program shown on Imedi TV is gathering pace. Media found out a recorded telephone conversation featuring a person whose voice sounds like Georgy Arveladze, the TV company's director general confirming that the idea to simulate invasion of the Russian troops was coordinated with president of Georgia. Arveladze denies authenticity of the record calling it a provocation arranged by Russian special services.


As GeorgiaTimes wrote earlier, on Saturday night Imedi TV provoked country-wide panic by showing allegedly accomplished invasion of the Russian troops and murder of President Mikheil Saakashvili. Warning that the TV channel shows a possible scenario of events "if Georgian society fails to get united against the Russian plan" the TV company started Special Report program highlighting invasion and murder of the country's president preceded by a standard news caption.

Last night a record of telephone conversation featuring the voice that sounds like Georgy Arveladze, Imedi director general, discussing preparation of the program about the Russian invasion with the interlocutor sounding very much like his deputy Eka Tsamalashvili, appeared on the web, Interfax reports. The interlocutors discuss that the story must be as close to reality as possible for the people to believe it real. Legality of this material without a cautionary note on simulation was discussed too but the voice of Arveladze assured of "having talked to Misha" who recommended that cautionary inscriptions be omitted.

Now Arveladze says that the special report was meant as a warning of a possible danger and was not aimed at causing panic among population, RIA Novosti reports. "The result the program has brought about was not the one we planned: we didn't mean to scare people, we planned to show dangers that our country is really facing now", - Arveladze said. He repeatedly apologized before Georgia's people for the content of the program and its consequences.

The head of Imedi reacted to the audio calling it "a fake made by special services in Russia". "This is fabrication, collection of phrases out of various conversations I had. Sure there was no talk of this kind, this is a compilation. They could as well post my talk to Dalai Lama or the Pope", - Caucasian Knot quotes. - This is just another confirmation of the dangers the program was about".

However, the Georgian opposition is sure that the recorded telephone talk with Imedi leader is real. According to Kakha Kukava, a Conservative Party leader, it was not the Russian special services but "another player".

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