Friday, 9 October 2009

Maxim Gvindzhia believes “broadcasting of Radio Liberty in the territory of Abkhazia unacceptable should it propagate Georgian values”.

The deputy Foreign Minister of Abkhazia Maxim Gvindzhia believes “broadcasting of Radio Liberty in the territory of Abkhazia unacceptable should it propagate Georgian values”.

“If this radio gives objective trustworthy information, then we are not against its broadcasting in the territory of Abkhazia. But if it is a mouthpiece of the Georgian propaganda and poses threat to our national interests, we will speak with the Radio Liberty’s management about expediency of its broadcasting here, and act according to our legislation”, Gvindzhia told Apsnypress.

According to the information the deputy Minister has, “this radio will propagate Georgian values”.

“Our population has high self-consciousness and Georgian values are evident for us. And they have become more evident after Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia in August, 2008”, Gvindzhia said. “If Radio Liberty considers Georgia after what has happened as an inviting country for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, we will consider this radio as one of the elements of Progeorgian propaganda”.

According to ITAR-TASS, the Radio Liberty radio station under control of the US authorities intends to start boadcasting in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a month. Its representative Martins Zvaners told ITAR-TASS, an everyday 1-hour program in Russian should start to go on the air on November 2.

The Radio Liberty headquarters in Prague decided Georgian and Russian editorial offices will prepare the program. “Journalists from all around the region - Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia” will be involved", Zvaners said.


Sergey Shamba: ''I Stand for Expansion of the Freedom of Speech; The Main Point is That It Should Have Nothing To Do With Georgia In Any Way''

Last week managers of Radio Liberty sent an official letter to the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia, in which proposed to open a representative office of the radio station in the republic, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Sergey Shamba told Apsnypress. “I said that it should not be a Georgian project. They convinced me that this is a South-Caucasian project, and I gave my consent to opening their representative office in Abkhazia”, Shamba said. The head of the MFA emphasized he stands "for expansion of the freedom of speech; the main point is that it should have nothing to do with Georgia in any way".

According to him, the radio station has announced a contest among local journalists who specialize on Abkhaz and South-Ossetian topics. Three Abkhaz radio journalists will participate in the contest.

"Our group is going to Prague for taking part in the selection; and we'll see there, whether we should agree and on what conditions", the head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs added.

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