Apparently Georgian embassy workers in Kiev don’t quite get the concept of a free press. When half-naked protestors, working as part of an international campaign backing the Georgian photo journalists recently arrested on espionage charges, tired to draw attention to that situation they were forcefully dispersed by an embassy employee. A local journalist is reported to have been injured during the dispersal.
According to FEMEN activists, the actions taken by the Georgian embassy only prove “the international community’s suspicions that official Tbilisi is media-phobic.”
“Members of the embassy demonstrated a lack of respect for all democratic values: freedom of speech, freedom of association. Thus we are even more worried about the journalists who were arrested in Georgia,” stated the FEMEN activists.
The Embassy has also issued a statement in which it expressed “regret at the incident” and apologized to those who were injured and to the Ukrainian public in general. They supposedly fired the employee responsible for the physical abuse of the protesters and journalists.
Four Georgian photographers, including a photographer with the presidential administration’s press service, Irakly Gedenidze, and his wife Natiya, were charged with espionage on July 9. Natiya Gedenidze was later released on bail. The other detainees are Zurab Kurtsikidze, a representative of the European Press Photo Agency (EPA), and Georgy Abdaladze, a photographer for the Foreign Ministry who was also working with the Associated Press.
This video is an unedited version of the incident. It contains brief nudity.