We, the undersigned organizations intend to provide comments on the information reported by the media regarding the attack on broadcasting company Rustavi 2’s crew. We consider it necessary to conduct fast, effective and complete investigation regarding the incident, with the correct legal qualification and focus on the detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders.
The disseminated statement and the video by the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the incident causes a sense, that the main focus of the law enforcer’s stand not in conducting of complete investigation and establishment of truth, but to portray the incident in such a manner that there has not been any interference into professional activities of the journalists of Rustavi 2and the current controversy to be perceived by the society as a daily conflict.
The correct criminal qualification and according investigation of this incident as well as all the similar incidents is of a high importance as the facts of illegal interference into professional activity of journalists is not rare and investigation generally does not use the appropriate article of the Criminal Code.
Therewith, the improper action or inaction of the government regarding the facts of recent frequent violence is extremely concerning, which promotes the climate of impunity in society and encourages the politically or with the other reasons motivated violence.
Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI)
Media Development Foundation (MDF)
Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI)
Civil Development Agency- CIDA
Georgia’s Reforms Associates - GRASS