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Materialization of Georgian mind: the third attempt2010-09-16 18:05
House of Free Opinion in Tbilisi, the "no-censure" Georgian nook, has been subject to reforming. Its former director and the entire of its board have withdrawn from it. New leadership composition of this non-governmental organization was announced this week. GeorgiaTimes tried to find out what these changes are related to and how the public discussions platform is going to function in future.
Bakur Bakuradze, a young man possessing the experience of a designer and a journalist, has taken charge of the renewed House of Free Opinion. He was elected by the freshly reconstructed board of NGO comprising former officials, professors and public activists.
Bakuradze expressed hope and promised that "these people's activity will strengthen the country's civil sector".
Former Chairman of the Georgian Control Chamber Sulkhan Molashvili, the board member, held back from loud promises. He outlined the House's purpose in the following way: "to help the public get the right idea of the situation in the country". "We will try to justly resolve the urgent issues", - he added.
House of Free Opinion was established after the war in South Ossetia by expert Mamuka Areshidze and was once famous for its independent position. The House experts were not afraid to publicly admit that Georgia fell behind its neighbors in many socio-economical indicators while it was busy with the arms race with Russia. Former head of the organization Nana Devdariani spoke against gay parades. The private residence leased by NGO in the region of Vake was always open for journalists who came there to work on a computer or use the Internet.
Will the organization retain its freedom now that its leaders have changed?
Former Prosecutor of Georgia Gia Meparishvili, member of the board, assures the House will be open for everyone as before.
- The board also comprises Doctor of Letters, Professor Valery Asatiani, a lecturer at Tbilisi University. I represent the science of law. There is also Merab Jibladze, a physicist and a professor. There are other well-known cultural figures, including Jansug Charkiani and several more people. The list is not complete; it's being enlarged. The first meeting, I believe, will take place in two weeks. What kind of body will it be? It will be a non-political organization that will have no relation to any political parties. It will take interest in the problems of global politics, economy and public life.
- What tasks have you set for the organization?