“Unfortunately, the working environment for journalists in Georgia has recently become extremely dangerous – they are often not allowed to freely perform their professional duties, physical and verbal attacks are a concomitant part of the activities of media representatives,” the coalition said in a November 27 statement.
According to the coalition, “it is alarming that individuals and organizations that influence public opinion, including the Patriarchy of Georgia, with their hostile attitude and statements contribute to creating an even more aggressive environment towards the media.”
“Such an instruction creates confusion among the population, ignores the real causes and ways to solve it, which is so important today to reduce both violence against women and crimes against the media,” the statement says.
On the morning of November 26, news spread in the media about the invasion of unknown persons into the monastery of the village of Tskhramukha and violence against one of the nuns, presumably with the aim of robbery. On the same day, police officers detained two people. On November 27, the prosecutor’s office formally charged them with articles of group rape with special cruelty and group robbery by illegal entry into an apartment (cell). Detainees face imprisonment for a term of 15 to 20 years or life imprisonment.