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14.06.2013 21:20

IPI-Georgia Demands Explanations from Ministry of Internal Affairs

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The Georgian Committee of International Press Institute calls upon the Ministry of Internal Affairs to declare the norms of Georgian Constitution that substantiates its interest towards the viewpoints of the citizens expressed on their private pages of social networks.

12 June the organization issued the statement regarding the Ministry’s having summoned for interrogation the supporters of the opposition due to their activity on Facebook .

Member of the National Movement’s Youth Organization Giorgi Khmelidze was summoned for interrogation after he had shared a particular status on his facebook page. The status accused studio GDS, which belongs to PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s son Bera Ivanishvili, of making the videos containing threats on behalf of the Taliban.

The interest of the Ministry of Internal Affairs towards the viewpoints of people expressed or shared on their private pages of social networks is unprecedented in the recent history of Georgia. This is unacceptable in any democratic country, which protect the freedom of speech and expression. In order to avoid the opinion that Georgian government is trying, through exerting pressure, to restrict citizen’s freedom of expression within the internet, we call upon the Ministry of Internal Affairs to immediately provide the motives of its actions,”- read the statement.

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