"Maestro" made a scene02.12.2011 | 13:40
The sudden intrusion of Erosi Kitsmarishvili into the territory of TV "Maestro" has caused understandable mess in public life in Georgia. One of the last media, beyond the control of the authorities, was subjected to attack. Former media tycoon and former ambassador tried to dismiss the founder and co-owner of the TV channel Mamuka Glonti. GeorgiaTimes' correspondent tried to ask political analyst Ramaz Sakvarelidze and member of the "Republican Party" Levan Berdzenishvili what prompted Kitsmarishvili on this attack.
Attack of Erosi Kitsmarishvili on the TV "Maestro" recalls slapstick comedy. Reputable man, former co-owner of "Rustavi 2" and the Georgian ambassador to Russia climbed over the fence and in the company of a dozen burly rushed into the building of the TV channel, which he manages through his company "Rustavi Media", just like a young tomboy. He brought the order to dismiss the director general of "Maestro" Bacho Kikabidze and the main producer and part-founder and co-owner of the media Mamuka Glonti - his actual employer. He justified the attack by the fact that as a result of fraud of the owners of television $ 2.5 million were allegedly wasted. Even if it's true, he chose a very peculiar way to recover damages.
When stunned Mamuka Glonti came to the doors of his own television station, he was not allowed inside, so he had to break into the building, using the force. As a result, he and his supporters barricaded on the second floor, while the first floor remained under the control of the invaders. Glonti announced the termination of the contract with Kitsmarishvili and heard in reply that he would be ready to start talks only after former employer leave the building of TV channel. But Mr. Glonti refused.
"I won't sit at the negotiating table with him, especially after he said that he is going to throw me out of my own property, using the force. Negotiations are impossible, and in the case of the use of force, I'll call the police patrol, said the founder of the "Maestro". Erosi Kitsmarishvili is terrorist, who broke into the TV building and hindered its work. And I don't negotiate with the terrorists".
It is already clear that we are talking about attempt of raider capture another's property. At least, another co-owner of the "Maestro" Maki Asatiani considered this fact this way. His lawyer Dmitry Gabunia said that they are preparing a lawsuit against Kitsmarishvili.
"What happened today in the "Maestro" is absolute lawlessness. Kitsmarishvili climbed over the fence, which is a violation of the law. Violation of the law and obstructing journalists in their professional duties. We are preparing a statement and we'll send it to the prosecutor against Kitsmarishvili and his accompanying persons since they have illegally invaded private property. If someone has some claim, he must go to the court and to resolve the issue in a judicial order", said Dmitry Gabunia in the live air of the "Maestro", which carries broadcasts from the radio studio.
The validity of the position of representative of Maki Asatiani does not cause any questions, in contrast to the unexpected adventures of Erosi Kitsmarishvili. GeorgiaTimes' correspondent asked political analyst Ramaz Sakvarelidze what could be behind it.
"Frankly, the reason for the conflict, the real motives are not clear. It's obvious that Kitsmarishvili has some claim to those who has founded the TV company. Apparently, they were going to deny service to his management company. Now the "Maestro" remains dual power, although journalists have managed to establish broadcasting from radio studio, said the expert. He believes that the background of the conflict may be in the political sphere.
On the one hand, it looks like a pure business conflict. But on the other hand, there is one factor which made it politically colored. When the injured party, the owners of the TV company, called the police, the law enforcement officials had arrived and taken up positions in the building, but had not done anything else. Although the laws required that the perpetrator of ownership - in this case Kitsmarishvili - would have been expelled from the territory of TV company. And his conflict with Mamuka Glonti should have been resolved in the court. The police actually stand on the side of the perpetrator and supports dual power. In this regard, a conclusion inevitably comes to mind, that the power may be interested in this invasion into the territory of the independent media and prolonging the conflict", said Ramaz Sakvarelidze.
On the one hand, it's clear. The "Maestro" is set much more critical to the authorities than the other broadcasters. But on the other hand, it was even before. So the question is why now the authorities have decided to put pressure on the media which is beyond their control.