We would like to express our concern over the fact of pressure exerted against Jaba Ananidze, TV-Channel 25 journalist from the side of Medea Vasadze, MP from Georgian Dream of the Adjara Supreme Council.
The journalist links the threatening phone call from the MP with the investigative film "High Comfort" aired by TV-Channel 25 on June 8.
The form of the threats voiced against the journalist is alarming; the audio recording of the conversation proving the fact was released by TV Channel 25.
Such forms of the communication of the high-rank official with a journalist, which includes menacing to complain against him to the law-enforcement agencies and moreover expressing speculative interest toward his personal life details, which represents an attempt to blackmail a journalist, is inadmissible. The private life of a journalist, just like any individual, is inviolable and high-ranking officials should be well aware of the line that exists between the private and public spheres.
We call on the Adjara Supreme Council, as well as the Georgian Dream Faction to react to the above mentioned incident and publicly distance themselves from the attempt of pressure on journalist.