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Maestro and Caucasia resumed broadcasting2009-06-16 17:43
This afternoon Tbilisian pro-opposition channels Maestro and Caucasia resumed broadcasting severed yesterday as a protest against actions of police - Novosti-Gruzia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Yesterday a clash between opposition supporters and police occurred, Alliance for Georgia member Zurab abashidze wounded, several journalisrts suffered.
According to Caucasia, cameraman Temur Pandashvili was severely beaten up, Georgi Kobakhidze suffered, and police took away the camera and tapes with records of dispersal.
According to the Mamuka Glonti, the director of Maestro, two journalists of his company were taken away 2 cameras. He added that cessation of broadcasting is aimed to attract attention of the international organizations to the events in Georgia and violation of journalists' rights
The Interior Ministry has already presented its official apologies, three policemen dismissed.
Both opposition leaders and representatives of authorities called on the TV channels to resume broadcasting.
"We resume the broadcasting, but if in the future at least one journalist suffers of a policeman's actions - we'll implement our plan. I'll do everything to let all mass media to go on strike until Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili resigns", Glonti said.
David Bakradze, the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, on behalf of the country leaders, presented apologies and called the actions, keeping journalists from performing their professional duties "disgraceful" and stated that "any pressure, any obstacle to the work of journalists is inadmissible, and the authorities will do everything do not let these facts repeat".
The Speaker mentioned the journalists were also given their cameras and all the footage back.