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Two journalists beaten up by police in Tbilisi

2009-04-07 15:24

Yesterday the patrol police of Georgia committed assault and battery against the two employees of The Versia newspaper, performing their professional duties : Nino Komakhidze, the journalist, and Ani Khavtasi, the photo reporter - Regnum. On April 7th The Versia made the same statement.


According to the newspaper, the incident happened in the moment when the participants of a peaceful protest actions by Ratom? (Why?) opposition movement demand presenting public information of the financial situation in the TV company from Levan Kubaneishvili, the Public TV of Georgia CEO. The opposition didn't receive the information.

"Though Giorgi Gegechkori, the head of the patrol police of Tbilisi knew pretty well that Nino Komakhidze is a journalist, not a lawbreaker or a rally participant,(and why can they be treated in this way?!) he, instead of defending her, directly managed the violence against her, and it can be seen distinctly on the photos. There is also footage with the policeman committing assault and battery against photo correspondent Ani Khavtasi. It seemed not enough for them, and they pulled the journalists in the police car. It's worthy noticing that Nino Komakhidze and Ani Khavtasi arte the journalists, who reported of all the protest actions of the three recent months and published rather acute and unpleasant for the police materials", The Versia states.

All the information concerning the incident was sent to the Public Defender's office, where both journalists also told everything they could. "On the threshold of the April 9th actions we address the law enforcement employees, as well as the authorities and the opposition: comply with the international acts, protect life and health of journalists, do not commit assault and battery against them, do not impede them in performing their professional duties. Believe us, you will not intimidate them with these methods", the newspaper claims.


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