About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 17:53 - 19 Feb.'18
Georgian Journalists Request Meeting with PM Kvirikashvili
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 20 Jun.'17 / 16:07

Over 50 Georgian journalists addressed Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili with a letter on June 19, where they criticized the Government for its handling of Afgan Mukhtarli’s case and requested a meeting with the Prime Minister “to receive relevant information on [unaddressed] questions.”

“We condemn the abduction of Azerbaijani journalist and activist from Tbilisi,” the journalists said, adding that the reported involvement of Georgian security services “not only harms the country’s image, but also significantly aggravates the level of human rights protection in Georgia.”

“The MEPs, international human rights watchdogs and journalists from various countries call on the Georgian Government to conduct timely, effective and transparent investigation,” the letter reads. “However, the investigation has been delayed.” 

“Moreover, Afgan Mukhtarli’s lawyer said that the case files do not include video materials retrieved from the site, while investigative journalists claim that the video recordings from CCTV cameras are doctored,” the journalists also said, referring to the investigative report of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which said on June 14 that the video footage from a camera of a private business located on the route Mukhtarli took on May 29 “appears to be doctored.”

The journalists also noted that they have been expecting answers from the Government, but have not received “convincing and reasoned information ... on how the Azerbaijani journalist disappeared from downtown Tbilisi and crossed the border without a passport.”

“We, the journalists, demand timely and transparent investigation into Afgan Mukhtarli’s case, as well as making public all the materials obtained in the course of investigation and setting up a parliamentary investigative commission,” the letter also reads.

Latest News
19 Feb.'18 17:53
Tbilisi City Court Releases Turkish Citizen on Bail
Mustafa Emre Çabuk has been released pending final court decision on his extradition to Turkey.
19 Feb.'18 15:49
CSOs, Media Outlets Call for Parliamentary Probe into Mukhtarli Case
The joint statement has been signed by 35 local civil society organizations and media outlets.
19 Feb.'18 14:09
Georgian PM Meets World Leaders in Munich
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the Munich Security Conference on February 16-18.
16 Feb.'18 16:58
Government Unveils New Tax Initiative for Small Businesses
According to the initiative, tax rates for small businesses will decrease fivefold.
16 Feb.'18 15:06
Georgian Economy Minister Visits Azerbaijan
Kumsishvili attended the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council. 
15 Feb.'18 17:39
Independent Agency to Investigate Crimes Committed by Law Enforcement Officers
The agency will be established in 2019, and will replace the Office of Personal Data Protection Inspector.
15 Feb.'18 11:53
Parliament Renews Discussions on Controversial Amendments to Broadcasting Law
New regulations expanding GPB’s powers triggered controversy within the ruling Georgian Dream party.
14 Feb.'18 15:57
U.S. Intelligence on Georgia’s Foreign Threats, Domestic Politics
Office of the Director of National Intelligence published its Worldwide Threat Assessment report for 2018.
14 Feb.'18 14:34
Minister Reports on Defense Reforms to Parliament
Training programs, total defense concept and budgetary priorities among the issues listed by Levan Izoria.
14 Feb.'18 11:36
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 26
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.