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Saakashvili greets first Caucasian Channel viewers2010-01-05 14:23
First Caucasian is the third channel within Georgian Public Broadcaster meant for Caucasian states and Russian republics in North Caucasus. At first the channel will be accessible via Internet but will start satellite broadcasting in mid January, as planned.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"I am very happy Georgia will have a powerful Russian-language channel", - Saakashvili said in an interview posted on the site of the channel. According to him the Russian language is a most important layer of culture in Caucasus and a good dialogue tool.
"This is important for Georgia, for Georgian viewers since we must not lose the Russian language. This is an important layer of culture, layer of civilization. This is something that unites us with peoples of Russia and I believe for a long time it will be a parallel language for communication with other nations of the ex Socialist camp and post-Soviet space", - Saakashvili said.
According to him there can't be any artificial obstacles to the dialogue since in 21st century information has no boundaries.
"Information has no boundaries in 21st century and it can't be stopped. Truth can't be concealed. It can only be hidden away somewhere, but not forever" - the Georgian leader thinks.
Saakashvili congratulated First Caucasian Channel viewers on the New Year wishing them "peace, growth and optimism, so that people were all in a good state of mind".
First Caucasian newscasts are planned to appear four times a day.
According to unconfirmed information the channel's budget amounts to USD 3 mln. The basic part of the sum is set aside for satellite broadcasting. As specialists estimate, citizens of North Caucasus, Russia and Armenia will be able to pick up the signal.
Caucasian Portrait, a non-news show to be released on First Caucasian will be hosted by Alla Dudaeva, widow of Chechnya's first president Jokhar Dudayev. Oleg Panfilov, director of Extreme Journalism School will work for the channel too.
As GeorgiaTimes reported earlier Georgian journalists are already cooperating with mujahidins. In particular, they disprove the Russian Federal Security Service's information on Georgia's associations with Chechen underground via sources in the Caucasian Imarate.