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Georgian journalist accused opposition of bribery attempt2009-03-26 14:31
Today Giga Makarashvili, the First Channel of the Public TV of Georgia correspondent accused representatives of opposition.gt-en-newsitem-inside
At the press conference with the participation of the First Channel management he told that a day before near his house he was met by some young man called Tengo, who said he was a representative of opposition.
He proposed the journalist to leave the Public television and state that he has some materials compromising the channel managers, but do not publish any compromising materials.
He must voiced this statement in the program of Untsnobi (singer Georgi Gachechiladze) of Maestro TV company. As a reward for a scandalous leaving he was offered a position of a leader of a youth organization in one of opposition parties Makartishvili didn't name.
In the future, after the change of power, Tengo promised the journalist high posts in the government and in the Parliament, in case of refusal - a reprisal with him and his family.
At the press conference Levan Kubaneishvili, the head of the Public TV said that such fact of intimidation and bribery of the journalists of his channel has happened before.
"With the approximation of April 9th opposition passed from insults to more immoral methods of intimidating journalists, attempts of bribery and threats not only to their lives and health, but to the members of their families", Kubaneishvili stated.
He urged international organizations to pay more attention to the problem of journalists in Georgia.