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Saakashvili admitted he knew about preparation of the notorious Imedi report2010-04-14 19:33
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, stated that "everyone knew" about Imedi's plans to show the fake report, but he didn't give agreement for airing, he said in his interview to the NPR [U.S. radio].gt-en-newsitem-inside
When asked whether he knew it beforehand, he responded: "Everybody knew because they [the TV station] advertised about the thing the whole week."
Asked whether he gave any kind of agreement for airing the program, Saakashvili replied: "I would have been crazy to approve it because in that broadcast the main thing that happens that Georgian army betrayed and I was killed... Any government should be crazy to be happy about those two facts."
Then the journalist wondered whether the report was aimed to stir panic and make opposition leaders look pro-Russian, the head of state replied: "The people that depicted there, they are not running in elections."
From the opposition range the main characters were Nino Burjanadze [her party really doesn't participate] and Zurab Noghaideli [Movement for Just Georgia participates].
Saakashvili also said that everything was done for advertising money, as the as market of Georgia is small.
He added that is what free TV channels work on now: to be defiant, sometimes even too much, and people have to live with it.