On 25 March, speaking live on Pirveli TV company’s program "Daily News by Inga Grigolia,” MP from the Georgian Dream ruling party, Davit Lortkipanidze, made an absolutely unacceptable and unjustifiable comment regarding the private life of the host of the program Inga Grigolia.
In particular, in his comments, the MP alluded to Inga Grigolia’s reaction to yet another release of videos on the Internet on 14 March 2016, which featured private lives and was accompanied with the blackmail towards particular politicians and journalists that they resign until 31 March or risk videos of their private lives being uploaded on the Internet. Journalist Inga Grigolia was among those who were blackmailed and she made a public statements saying that she was not afraid of the blackmail and was not going to "stay silent”.
In an interview published on 28 March in Alia newspaper, MP Davit Lortkipanidze elaborated on this topic and not only made innuendos about the private life of the journalist, but also alluded to political attitudes of Inga Grigolia’s daughter and her job (the MP said that he knows "which political group she supports actively” and "which entity she works for”).
The public statements of MP Davit Lortkipanidze, first, about the private life of the journalist and then, about the journalist’s daughter represent an action that not only tramples upon human ethics but contains enormous political threat, infringing fundamental rights of separate individuals as well as the entire society and professional activity of journalists.
We believe that the responsibility for this action must be assumed by the political team which Davit Lortkipanidze represents and on behalf of which he addresses society.