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Program on “invasion” was done with the help of American PR specialists2010-03-15 12:02
The "special reportage" on fake Russian invasion, aired in Imedi, was prepared by President Mikheil Saakashvili and his Anerican PR specialists, believes Irma Inashvili, the chairperson of the Obyektiv union of journalists - the VZGLYAD.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"According to my sources, connected with high ranking officials, the report was being prepared for several weeks, Saakashvili in his office watched and edited it; not only Georgian journalists participated in its preparation, but also American image-makers, hired by the President of Georgia" - she said in her interview to Asaval Dasavali [Georgian newspaper].
"Saakashvili performed the functions of an editor; he made the decision to air the piece," she added.
Imedi [Georgian TV channel] showed a reportage on alleged invasion of Russian troops and death of President Saakashvili. It stirred a panic all around Georgia. Yet it turned out to be an "innocent" attempt to "show" the scenario of possible events in case the "Georgian society won't be consolidated against the Russian plan." On the order of President Mikheil Saakashvili, his press secretary Manjgaladze arrived in the studio and calmed down the people, saying such a turn of events can't happen in Georgia at the present-day stage.
Opposition is sure the fake clip was agreed with the head of state and was a "brainwashing" for the audience.