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"Maestro" just came and went2011-12-09 17:21
During more than a week, the government has been covertly supported the raider capture of TV "Maestro", carried out by Eros Kitsmarishvili and his colleagues from the "Georgian party". All this time there were rumors that the former media mogul is acting by the orders from Avlabari.
The police, called by the founder of the company Mamuka Glonti, chose not to intervene, objectively speaking at the side of the raiders. Now the dependence of Kitsmarishvili's attack on the media resource became apparent. Tbilisi City Court has arrested the shares of "Maestro" in his interests.
The regime decided not to risk and to begin the final cleansing of the Georgian information space independently, without the mediation of a dubious sort of opposition like former Georgian ambassador to Russia. While the conflict over the TV "Maestro" was not raised above the level of the two economic players (the management company "Rustavi" and media owners), there was a possibility that they can agree amicably. After all, Eros Kitsmarishvili could not help but realize that in terms of the rights his actions - this is an attempt of raider capture of people's property. If the founders of the "Maestro" had violated the terms of the contract with his management company "Rustavi Media Group", then such disputes shall be resolved by arbitration, not by force.
If Kitsmarishvili's actions really were independent, then it would be in his interest its early settlement. And only tacit support of the authorities could push respectable politician and businessman to such blatant flouting of the principle of private ownership. "I have the right to control all the assets of the "Maestro" till December 30, 2012. All the broadcasting, which takes place today, is illegal. And when I remove all the technical problems my broadcast will be legal", former ambassador to Russia told this to the "Caucasian Knot" with aplomb.
But the authorities have decided that it is ill-advised to leave the "Maestro" in the hands of the former owner of "Rustavi 2" - in light of the danger constituted for them by Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has already interested in purchasing one of the last independent broadcasters. The authorities used Saakashvili's favorite tool - a pocket of justice.