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17.11.2011 15:45

Liberation is not for Free …

David Mchedlidze
Media Discusions

For a start one of the office jokes: Entering office Boss approaches his employee and says: I have got a special assignment for you! Give up whatever you are doing and visit www.jobs.ge!
OK done! And then chief? - asks the employee.
Now find a new job for yourself!!!

 Something similar to that happened to the host and author of analytical radio Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia) being called 10 minutes ahead of the TV air and informed of dismissal.

The motive, as a rule, is of political nature – Maksim Shalgin has been dismissed for publicly criticizing Eduard Kokoity, de facto President of South Ossetia.

Maksim Shalgin accused the Central Election Commission and the President's Administration of backing one of the presidential candidates - Bibilov. (http://www.journalist.ge/?menuid=3&id=12350&lang=1).

To tell the truth he had luck with getting out of the situation so easily. Taking into account the language of the Russian politics with disobedient media representatives, Shalgin should be thankful he had been just fired not shot.

Shalgin is neither first, most likely nor the last one being fired for his statements and political activity.

In October 2011, Lisa Simeone of US-based National Public Radio was fired for organizing the Occupy Wall Street protests.

In the given case Lisa was hosting the program World of Opera and accordingly the news coverage was not included in the filed of her activities. Therefore her civil opinion was no threat to the editorial policy of the radio.

But the management made different decision: “To my mind, it's fine if you want to be a leader of an organized protest movement, but you can't also be in a journalistic role," said Moira Rankin, president of NPR’s President Moira Rankin http://www.ambebi.ge/masmedia/43117-ashsh-shi-zhurnalisti-saprotesto-aqciebshi-monatsileobis-gamo-samsakhuridan-daithkhoves.html#ixzz1drtfEIk2

Why? Because they know what journalism is.

Can you imagine what is going to happen if the journalists in Georgia are being sacked according to the same principle?

Several thousands of vacant jobs will be offered in a jiffy!
Last year CNN anchor Rick Sanchez was fired after letting loose an anti-semitic tirade.

In 2010 NBC fired its presenter for making donations to three Democratic candidates. For years Keith Olbermann has been one of the most recognizable faces but it did not help.

“Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement. http://www.ambebi.ge/masmedia/27885-demokratebis-mkhardatceris-gamo-nbc-is-teletsamyvani-samsakhuridan-daithkhoves.html#ixzz1drxGiFmR

Nice to be living in the country such as the United States where the channel such as NBC is operating running its own news policy whose violation is considered as an open support to the incumbent President’s party.

See you!

P.S. When finishing this story I heard the anchor of the newscast Dghis Ambebi on the Georgian channel Real-TV calling Nino Burjanadze “the princess on a wheat grain.”

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