Adjara TV Public Broadcaster Journalist Assaulted

Adjara TV and Radio Public Broadcaster issued a statement on June 14, stating that its employee, Koba Partenadze, was assaulted by an unidentified individual. The incident occurred this morning at Radio Adjara.

During a media interview, Koba Partenadze revealed that a civilian physically and verbally assaulted him. The journalist believes that the attack was caused by his [unconventional] physical appearance.

“As soon as the morning show ended, the security guard informed me that there was a guest who was waiting for me, I went out, [and] and saw a person I know from the city… He grabbed me by my hair,.. threw me down three stairs. Thank God I was not seriously injured. Most likely, he had a problem with my physical appearance, or clothing…” – stated Partenadze.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs told “Formula TV” that the investigation into the incident was started under Article 126 of the Criminal Code, which refers to violence.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics calls for “quick” and “effective” investigation

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics has responded to the attack on Koba Partenadze, an employee of Adjara Television and Radio, which is a Public Broadcaster. The charter urges the special investigative service to promptly and thoroughly investigate the incident. It is crucial to ascertain whether the attack is connected to the journalist’s professional work. “It is important to determine whether the attack is related to the journalist’s professional activity,” – states the organization.

The Charter has emphasized multiple times that the prevalence of attacks on journalists in recent times can be attributed to two factors: the prolonged and unresolved nature of crimes committed against media professionals, and the aggressive behavior exhibited by representatives of the ruling party towards journalists.

Note: The article was updated on June 15 at 3:15 to include the Charter’s statement

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