Bakradze: Free media of Georgia should not worry
The Chairman of Georgian Parliament David Bakradze on the eve has said in a statement that the media freedom in Georgia "is not in danger". According to the "Georgia-News", that is what Bakradze exactly said about the situation with the verification of media holding "Palitra Media" by experts of Revenue Service from Finance Ministry. In addition, he expressed a criticism of the local opposition for "unhealthy hype" associated with this checking.
"There is none of such agencies that do not check something" - Bakradze said at the meeting of parliament. He cited the example of the parliament itself, which recently was tested by Chamber of Control of Georgia.
He also underlined, that "a free media in Georgia is not in danger."
"We understand the most encouraging statements of majority, but I hope that the parliament will be monitoring on this issue till end. I hope that everything will end objectively, nothing will cause danger to a free media, and soon psychological pressure, in which employees have to work, will be relieved" - said, in turn, the leader of the parliamentary minority Georgy Targamadze.
Recall, cheking of four companies of the holding "Palitra Media" was started by specialists of Revenue Service on June 8.
Despite claims by representatives of the Revenue Service on planned nature of these audits, the management of the media holding has interpreted these checkings as an attempt to pressure from the official authorities, in response to reports which described events on June 26 this year in downtown Tbilisi.
On the eve, support for holding was expressed by many Georgian journalists and representatives of several opposition parties.
Revenue Service has also circulated information that in the coming days there will be checking of six companies included in the structure of the "Palitra Media".