The Russian journalists are in Tbilisi

Thu, 12/07/2007 - 15:59

Under the specified information, the journalists of the TV channel "Russia" have been detained today at 11:40am by the employees of the Kurta department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia while preparation of a material about the activity of JPKF. The absence of Georgian visas by the journalists has served as an official occasion for detention. However, the journalists worked in the zone of the conflict at presence of the representatives of the press-service of JPKF and according to the legal regulations of work of a journalist in the zone of the conflict. As they have informed at the press-service of JPKF, there was an arrangement on shooting with the Georgian observers of the peace-making battalion. The Georgian side has undertaken a false arrest of the Russian journalists Andrey Chistjakov and Igor Sturita.
At 13:10pm the armed policemen from the Gori power structures have taken the journalists out to Gori under the threat of weapon use. At present the information that the Russian journalists are in Tbilisi, is spread.
The representatives of the embassy of Russia in Georgia, the management of JPKF, the representatives of JCC are engaged in the circumstances of detention and the further destiny of the journalists.

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