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For Eumm Georgia, the hoax of Imedi TV is “irresponsible” (Maj)

(BRUSSELS2) The European observers deployed in Georgia (EUMM) officially expressed on Tuesday their " concern » after the broadcast by Imedi Tv of a “fiction” program” (a hoax) simulating a new invasion of Russia in Georgia. False invasion of course.

Close monitoring of the situation. Since the broadcast on Sunday, observers have been on alert, “ closely monitoring on the ground the consequences for security and stability » near the “administrative boundaries” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In particular, they immediately “ been in contact with Russian border guards and the de facto South Ossetian authorities via the Incident Response and Prevention Mechanism hotlines” (IPRM). Security in these areas had improved significantly since winter 2008 and remained calm. “ However our observers witnessed the anxiety and concerns of the local population for their safety » explains a press release from EUMM.

“Irresponsible” behavior. " This type of irresponsible program has the potential to seriously destabilize the situation on “administrative boundaries”. Significant and dangerous incidents could occur. We call on everyone in a position of responsibility to fully consider the implications of their actions in the future. » explains the head of the EUMM mission, thus being able to implicitly target the Georgian president, Saakashvili, who did not really condemn the Imedi television program, directed by one of his close associates. “It must be in everyone's interest to ensure that security and stability are maintained. concludes EUMM Georgia.

(Updated March 17) Georgian side. In a statement issued on March 17, the Georgian government also “expresses its serious concern about the irresponsible decision taken by Imedi Television to broadcast a fake news bulletin about a Russian invasion. The false report has reopened the wounds of Georgians among whom the tragic memories of the recent war are still very vivid. Everyone in Georgia is free to express themselves, but what Imedi has done is an attack on what we consider civic and civilized behavior.”

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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