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Maestro TV channel accused the authorities of exerting pressure2009-06-05 18:54
Independent cable TV Maestro accused the National Commission of Georgia on Communications in deliberate procrastination of the issuing satellite broadcasting license.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Today was the deadline for the Commission on Communications to consider the issue of granting Maestro the license for satellite broadcasting. The sitting was postponed. I believe the reason was their lack of fantasy to find the reason for refusal", said today Mamuka Glonti, the company's director general.
According to the official version, posted at the Commission's site, the sitting was adjourned because of the absence of quorum.
"I think this is a puppet commission. The majority of its members has no own opinion, and they do following the orders of the authorities", Glonti said -RIA Novosti.
It's not the first time the company representative report of the exerted pressure.
Glonti reminded the blast occurred at the door of the channel on May 25. There was no victims, but the door and some devices were damaged.
He started that despite all the methods the authorities use to exert pressure, it will finally obtain the license and will broadcast country-wide.
He also called on journalists to join the "action with silenced mouths" to be held near the Commission building on Monday.
According to Natia Mikiashvili, Maestro information service head, at the present moment the channel company broadcasts in Tbilisi, Telavi and Batumi. Broadcasting in Batumi is possible owing to the initiative of the 21st channel, receiving signal from Internet. One week ago the broadcasting of Maestro was interrupted in Rustavi, the 3rd largest city in the country. Besides, the company was informed that for technical reasons the broadcasting was severed in Akhmeta,; also stopped in Kutaisi and Zestafoni two hours after the beginning.
Opposition, independent experts, and human rights activists sayMaestro is one of the two independent TV companies in Georgia. The other one is Caucasia, also with very limited area of broadcasting: the capital and a number of other cities. All the other channels, including Public TV of Georgia, broadcasting country-wide, opposition calls "puppet TV of the authorities".