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Palitra media: quasi freedom of speech2011-06-10 19:10
Palitra Media holding (Georgia) is being pressed heavily by the authorities. The income service began unexpected inspections sealing up book publishing offices as well as warehouses of printed and polygraph materials of the company. Sales of many newspapers and magazines are jeopardized. This is the Finance ministry's reminder for mass media: supporting the opposition and presenting protest rallies can end up in more than serious penalties. Companies can simply be closed. GHN agency, Trialeti TV company and Ereti radio sympathize with journalists in disgrace. The degree of electoral protest is going up. What will the current regime do? Will it use the repressive machine in full?
journalists in disgrace. The degree of electoral protest is going up. What will the current regime do? Will it use the repressive machine in full?
The autocratic regime under the mask of democracy revealed itself in all its "beauty" on May 26 attacking armless demonstrators with rubber bullets, water jets and tear gas. The event was widely presented by mass media including Media Palitra. Journalist inviolability that helps present objective reality was desecrated when Mikheil Saakashvili suddenly realized: it will be still more difficult to befool citizens of the country.
The degree of electoral protest is going up, but the police - so generously rewarded by the president - are as loyal to him as hungry dogs. Humiliating the opposition is part of their job - on the streets. At a higher level the leader of the Caucasian republic prefers acting via other structures - the Finance ministry and its Income Service that launched an unscheduled inspection of all Media Palitra subsidiaries.
Saying that the employees are concerned of this state of things is to say almost nothing. For over 16 years of the company's existence the company has never faced a similar inspection in all subsidiaries related to finance provision. Goga Tevdorashvili, the founder, shrugs shoulders wondering what does a tax audit have to do with punishment for information. Does it mean that Mikheil Nikolozovich and his supporters are starting their repression machine in full using a new economic lever in orer to introduce rigid censorship.
GHN agency, Trialeti, Ereti radio, Georgia and World and Guria News newspapers - Media Palitra's colleagues sympathize with the holding in disgrace protesting against lawlessness of Georgian authorities. The journalists are bewildered why a financial inspection is started in the holding while infringement of rights of journalists at the time of dispersion of the May 26 action has not been not investigated yet. Looks like history repeating: in 2007 Imedi company was raided by the Interior Ministry's special group.