Saakashvili Spoke About Simulated Chronicle in His Interview with US Public Radio
April 14, 2010
Mikheil Saakashvili spoke about the simulated Chronicle aired by the TV-Company Imedi in his interview with the US Public Radio (NPR). During the interview, the journalist Robert Sigel asked the president whether he knew about the reportage in advance.
“Everybody knew about it in advance because the TV-Company was advertising it for one week before the program. I would have been a crazy to allow them to release similar reportage. The worst part of the reportage was betrayal of the Georgian army and my assassination… every government should be a crazy to be happy with similar information,” said Saakashvili.
He was asked whether the simulated reportage aimed to cause panic among population, to declare opposition leaders to be Russian spies. Saakashvili replied: “The people, who are mentioned in the reportage, do not participate in the elections.”
The president added that in Georgia, where advertising market is very small, TV-companies fight for rating.
“Everything happens because of advertising money. Independent TV-Channels work on it nowadays. Sometimes they are irritating, sometimes astonishing, exciting; we have to put up with similar reality,” said Mikheil Saakashvili.