MDF
#6 (46), 9-15 February, 2015

Imedi TV self-regulating agency has partly satisfied the NGOs’ complaint regarding discriminatory reporting

On 14 February Imedi TV self-regulatory appeals agency has partly accepted the complaint regarding the story “Children sent to madrassa” that had been aired in the TV show “Skhva Rakursit”. The complaint was filed by the organizations: Relations of Georgian Muslims, Media Development Foundation (MDF) and Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI).

Observations of the week

During the period of 9 -15 February the following facts have been noted: incitement of individual hatred -2; incitement of intolerance -1; religious discrimination -3; xenophobia -11; Armenophobia -1; Turkophobia -2; homophobia - 20; gender stereotypes -2; anti-Western sentiments -17.

The homophobic journalist of the week

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 11 February

Bondo Mdzinarashvili, anchor: "I cannot invite to the studio homosexuals’ pimps and let them argue that this is a very good thing… They keep saying, there is no two sides… who is the other side in this case? It does not exist. There is the society and a group of aggressive people, who are trying to go against this society."

Incitement of individual hatred

Kavkasia, Spektri, 9 February

Oleg Iadze, former Gamgebeli of Kaspi: "These Pirtskhalavas [name of a police officer arrested in the tennis courts operation case] or their… you must kill not just their wife and children, but their posterity, the people who did this!"

Asaval-Dasavali, 9-15 February

Giorgi Giuashvili, member of Borjomi Sakrebulo: "His family members separated us, or I would have break Khvedeliani’s head with a stone, like that of a snake."

Incitement of intolerance

Kavkasia, Spektri, 9 February

David Akubardia, anchor: "They should have gone to Abkhazia and wage guerilla war there… why are they fighting there [in Ukraine], let them fight here, go and do in Moscow what Chechens did to hit Russians...

Valery Gelbakhiani, former MPWhen 5000 Georgian are leaving the country… when he goes to serve another country, he cannot be kind to our country… So now there is an attempt for genetic Georgians to become our enemies."

Religious discrimination

Alia, 13 February

Basil Mkalavishvili, priest: "The blood-spilling Saakashvili registered this sect as soon as he came to government… I have always been opposed to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, because this satanic sect has been violent in the ancient Christian country, was proselytizing, which is prohibited. Bokeria was their defender. "...

Geworld.ge, 11 February

David Mkheidze, author: "In these churches (Lutheran, Protestant, Roman Catholic) the implanted agents have managed and made liberal them, those who once had been promoters of conservative ideology! The proof of this is multiplication of female priests and the precedents of the same-sex weddings."


Maestro, 9-o’clock news, 13 February

The comment regarding the protest of Adigeni Muslims, for whom it is unacceptable that as the head of village Mokhe police has been appointed Gela Kokhodze, who has been discriminating against the Muslims during deconstruction of the minaret.

Paata Bliadze, resident of Mokhe: “These people are trying to dominate the state. For the head of police to be the person they like, and Gamgebeli, and everyone. If the state must do what they please, and protect their interests, then our interests are undermined."

Xenophobia

Alia, 12 February

Soso Manjavidze, Tbilisi Sakrebulo member: "By adoption of this law [on land] we shall soon be left without lands. We have the enclaves in the territories bordering Azerbaijan, Armenia, also Russia and Turkey...

Specifically China has strategic interests regarding the silk road."

Kavkasia, Spektri, 9 February

Valery Gelbakhiani, former MP: "These Georgian lands are in the hands of foreigners, the foreigners have become landowners, and turned Georgian peasants into serfs, and you cannot see even a single Georgian at the strategic locations, there are all foreign companies. I would launch expropriation this very second and proclaim them state property...

Rezonansi, 13 February

The heading: "The threat"

Headline: "Pseudo-liberals hinder employment of the Georgian citizens "

Subtitle: "Investment does not mean we must reject everything national "

Anzor Totadze, demographer: "They [foreign investors] want to help the unemployed from their countries, they don’t care about our country. Investment does not mean we must reject everything national."

Maestro, 9-o’clock news, 11 February

Paata Koghuashvili, member of the Agriculture Academy: "This law is directed at kicking Georgian peasants from their lands and at the destruction of Georgian villages… In which they are almost asking foreigners for forgiveness for something.”

Alia, 11 February

Paata Koghuashvili: "They want to separate the peasant from his land, empty the villages, give the best lands to the foreign millionaires, and then to turn the peasants that stay in villages into servants ".

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Jaba Zhvania, journalist"They sell lands to foreigners and practically doom the Georgian peasant to death "...

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Anzor MeskhishviliDoctor of economic sciences: "In the 19th century Vachnadze family settles 3 Azeri families in Lagodekhi to look after their cattle. Now that 3 families have turned into 46 000 residents and village Kabali is the largest in Georgia. And the largest Georgian village Martkopi is only third… The tolerance has led us to have more than 50 ethnicities in our country. And everyone demands more attention than Georgians "..

Kviris Palitra, 10 February

Misha Gomiashvili, actor: "The whole city is full with various tribes and they have opened brothels in the city center… They behave so that I think myself a guest in my own city. 

Pirweli, 13 February

Lado Sadghobelashvili, Free Generation:„They leave only 5 km as the buffer zone. So citizens of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia can buy Georgian land on the Georgian territory near their borders, and then say that it’s their land“.

Alia, 11 February

Giorgi Andriadze, Chairman of the Patriarchate University Supervisory Board: "Today Georgia is the body brought out for sale, and everyone wants to own it. Azeris thinkabout it, Russian are taking something away, Armenians claim churches, because they must claim something too."

Armenophobia

Alia, 13 February

Basil Mkalavishvili, priest: "Armenians have establishes some relationship with Russians and they were appointing Armenian priests to our churches, and those priests were writing their names on the walls of our churches… I am sure, if they did not need a road to connect with Russia, they would have announced war on us already“

Turkophobia

Kviris Palitra, 9 February

A fisherman: "The Turks get rich by breaking the rules [regarding fishing], and we are drowned in poverty".

Norad Miminoshvili, Chairman of the Fishermen Union: “When Turks began to ravage Ukranian and 

Bulgarian waters, they shot rifles at them!..

They behave like they have all this from their ancestors… The problem is that Georgians hire these ships and also take part in this crime together with Turks – they sell out their conscience and country for money."

Kviris Palitra, 12 February

A provoker: „About Turkey: it is our brother and dear friend, but sometimes it hugs us too “deeply and closely”, and it is not very pleasant sometimes… The Turks don’t care if after their license is out we have any fish left or not – I am not surprised".

Homophobia

Rezonansi, 14 February

Murman Dumbadze, MP: "We have adopted anti-discrimination law, even a homosexual has been made equal with any human being, and what problem is the membership of a political party?"

Asaval-Dasavali, 9-15 February

Giorgi Giuashvili, member of Borjomi Sakrebulo: "Recently they let back into the Samtskhe-Javakheti Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs two policemen exposed as homosexuals together with Mamuka Khvedeliani, who had been previously kicked out of the agency as immoral and dirty people."

Tabula, Theorema, 12 February

Tamar Chergoleishvili, anchor: "...Do you believe a homosexual act to be filth?

Gogla Zhvania, Georgian DreamYes!

Tamar Chergoleishvili, anchorAn if, I am saying this hypothetically, Zura was homosexual, you think he was a filthy person?..

Gogla Zhvania, Georgian DreamThis would be disaster for my family”...

Kviris Palitra, 9 February

Gogla Zhvania, brother of Zurab Zhvania, Georgian Dream"Let’s imagine for a minute that this filth actually happened… There was a staged scene, that these people had non-traditional sexual relationship"...

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 9 February

Rezo Amashukeli, poet: "Unless I make Akaki Minashvili wear red tights, nothing threatens me"...

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 11 February

Lela Alibegashvili, actor: "This law [anti-discrimination] strengthened them [LGBT groups] and they think now that they have a right to do anything… This means we must defend ourselves now.

Bondo Mdzinarashvili, anchor: From an aggressive minority...

I was against people of different skin color and people with disabilities to be equalized with the people of non-traditional sexual orientation.

"Pregnant women is the most beautiful one, and unless these men who have turned themselves into women begin to get pregnant, they cannot talk about beauty."

Lela Alibegashvili, actor: "They don’t give birth to children, this is genocide… I am against evil people in general, of any orientation."

TV viewer: "...We have various kinds of criminals, thieves, immoral people and homosexuals."

TV viewer: "Inviting such people (to a TV), who are seen as dirty people, would it be good for the viewers? "

TV viewer: "This is an easy way to exterminate people… When a man marries another man and a women – another woman, they cannot reproduce… This is the agenda of the world government"...

Asaval-Dasavali, 9-15 February, Saqinform, 10 February, Geworld.ge, 11 February

Misha Gomiashvili, actor: "Whichever TV channel I watch, there are sexless, changed, breedless, uneducated anchors and guests in talk shows. When I watch a Russian channel they call me pro-Russian?! I prefer to be pro-Russian, rather than pro-pederast."

Kviris Chronika, 9-15 February

Misha Gomiashvili, actor: "If you don’t give your ass away, are not changed, and have not killed anyone, if you are not law and dirty, then you are not interesting for viewers and listeners?!

Gela Zedelashvili, journalist: “We are the people who brags proudly, but gives away ass at the same time“.

Kote Kubaneishvili, poet: “We shall fuck the pederasts up, because we cannot accept them!"

Kviris Palitra, 10 February

Misha Gomiashvili, actor: "If I don’t give your ass away, I cannot be in theater.

I am sure of one thing, whatever place history gives me, you won’t be beside me there“...

Kviris Chronika, 9-15 February

Headline: “Lesbians and bisexuals had experienced violence in childhood.“

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Jaba Zhvania, journalist: "What is the interest of Badri Patarkatsishvili’s family,when day and night there is propaganda of immorality on their TV channel – there are naked women, representatives of the so called sexual minorities, and various disgusting stories?"

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Tamar Davituliani, author: "It’s not surprising that healthy conservatism is more acceptable to us that Konchitas that have become so numerous on Georgian TV?"

Asaval-Dasavali, 9-15 February

Tamar Khachapuridze, “Future Hope” Association: "Her [Mariam Kukunashvili] surrogation main office is, unfortunately, in Tbilisi, and serves gay individuals. Yes, through Madam Kukunashvili dozens of children with Georgian genes got into the hands of people with crooked orientation, which is totally against Georgian law."

Gender stereotypes

Imedi, Reaktsia, 13 February, 

Interpressnews, 14 February

Levan Vasadze, businessman: "When a man must look like a man, a woman must look like a woman"...

Imedi, Reaktsia, 13 February

Levan Vasadze, businessman: "Listening devices, domestic violence are all artificial issues… Promoting the issue of domestic violence is a tool for the NGOs and media to strengthen the fascist juvenal justice and the role of social services, and to weaken the families".

Anti-Western sentiments

Imedi, Reaktsia, 13 February,  Interpressnews and Geworld.ge, Reportioti, 14 February

Levan Vasadze, businessman: "If Americans had not recognized Kosovo, Russia would not recognize Abkhazia and Samachablo... This war, the burning of the center of Kiev – was not it done by Americans?! Victoria Nuland was distributing candies to the opposition in the center of Kiev… Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine is the result of the coup d’etat staged by the Americans in Kiev."

Imedi, Reaktsia, 13 February

Levan Vasadze, businessman: "If it goes on like this, Georgia will be conquered by this aggressive religion called Western liberalism, which destroys humans." 

Kviris Chronika, 9-15 February

Rezo Amashukeli, poet: "They are not partners [NGOs], they are your paid agents! Mr Norland, you don’t have history and morality, remember how you created your state? And name a country where you entered and did not make lakes of blood. Why don’t you leave us alone?...

Vazagashvili and other people were murdered by Saakashvili and his system, which had been created by the USA!"

Saqinform, 10 February

Misha Gomiashvili, actor: "As to LGBT, which US and EU are imposing on us, we are a polygon for them it seems, why do they have such a law [anti-discrimination]".

Asaval-Dasavali, 9-15 February

Soso Robakidze, father of Buta Robakidze: "...Are you afraid of Europe? Which Georgian needs Europe which invites and gives the seat of honor to Saakashvili, who had been proclaimed criminal by his own people?"


Saqinform, 11 February

"Munich Security Conference and Merkel & Hollande mediating diplomacy – the best proof that beautiful Europe traditionally is a whore today – have confirmed: in Ukraine the US successfully repeated the Georgian scenario of 08.08.08, with the following loss of territory, which hinders the membership of these countries in NATO”.

Alia, 12 February

Nino Samkharadze, journalist: "Here [in Georgia] the Maidan scenario will be activated and the West will create a new headache for Russia by placing the most radical anti-Russian forces in the Caucasus."

Imedis Kvira, 15 February

Nikoloz Mzhavanadze, lawyer: "Appointments of ministers there [in Ukraine], putting Saakashvili into power here previously, all this has been done by the certain circles in the West ".

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 10 February

Soso Zaalishvili, anchor: "Another issue is how good this base is for Georgia. In the countries where such bases had been placed they did nothing good for those countries. Such bases are in Libya "...

Geworld.ge, 11 February

David Mkheidze, author: "From LGBT pederasts to the Satanist sects, to defenders of the stray dogs’ rights – they fight against everything Georgian, national, traditional, Orthodox Christian… That is why Western “friends” like Carl Bildt pay money to the Kozhoridze-Gigauri-Lomjaria “troika”..."

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Tamar Davituliani, author: "All latest polls confirm that respect for the West, specifically USA and NATO, has come down to minimum... That is why American millions will be spent here again, so that Georgia does not get sober at last and cannot distinguish black and white."

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Headline: "United States of Genocide”

Alexander Chachia, political observer: "United States will find a pretext and bomb any country who want to develop and use their resources for the benefit of their population… After the defeat of Hitler’s Germany US CIA has taken up the relay token of fascism ".

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Nana Devdariani, author“This base and regular demonstration of loyalty to NATO provide security guarantees only for the Georgian political elite.."

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Jaba Zhvania, journalist: "There [in Ukraine] this Cain’s sincalled Euromaidan was provoked by American money, so the question is: what goals does this financial aid (51 mln from USA) serve in our country?"

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Zviad Iremadze, Iverielebi: "Can the foreign state (America), which gets involved in the brothers’ war and does everything to make the conflict worse, be a friend of any side?.. Look what is happening in Donbass and Luhansk – they are destroying churches and bodies of 3-4 year old children are in the streets. This is what “the democratic West” is financing”.

Geworld.ge, 11 February

Armaz Saneblidze, author: "The illness of breaking the norm has won in Europe, which has lost they golden key and fallen under the flag of LGBT."

Obiektivi, Night Studio, 15 February

Valery Kvaratskhelia, anchor: "In fact they are not fighting for any ideals, they are fighting just for the interests of the United States, among which there is no place for Ukraine’s interests."

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