Former owner and director of Imedi TV Giorgi Arveladze connected his interrogation on February 17 to his current media activity, Caucasus Press news agency reports.
Arveladze is the editor of politico.ge website which was founded and owned by former Imedi journalist Zurab Khvistani.
According to the Caucasus Press, Arveladze said he had posted journalistic investigation about the death of 10-month-old Barbare Rapalyan on the website. Arveladze was called to interrogation at the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance next day after the video was published.
“I truly believe this is the continuation of the ongoing process in Georgia that is oppression on free, different and critical opinions. They had no questions to me but after the journalistic investigation appeared on the website, questions appeared,” Arveladze stated.
Arveladze said he does not know in connection with what case he was interrogated although clarifies that questions were related to Imedi TV.
According to him, one of the investigators even told him that he would be frequent guest there.
“This is an attempt to scare us and make us keep silence. I have never seen such large scale pressure on uncontrolled media in Georgia,” Arveladze stressed and asked international society to respond to the processes.
According to Netgazeti website, Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance claims that Arveladze’s interrogation is not related to his journalistic activity and posing of investigation of Rafalyan’s case.