The Kakheti Information Center reported on March 28 that its journalist was prevented from carrying out her professional activities. The video footage shows that Lukhum Shetekauri asked a group of journalists, who entered his office at the Akhmeta Municipal Gamgeoba, to turn off their cameras. When the journalist told the local official that the Gamgeoba building was a public institution and she had the right to make a recording, Lukhum Shetekauri insulted the group of journalists with the following words: “Get out of here… you are a provocateur”.
The Kakheti Information Center also reported that “Lukhum Shetekauri struck a cameraman from the Kakheti Information Center”; however, the video does not show the fact of physical insult.
During the conversation with the Media Development Foundation, Shetekauri denied that he insulted journalists physically and recollected the day of the incident. He said that the cameraman turned on his camera when he was specifying the issue on which the journalist wanted to get a comment. He noted that he got angry because the cameraman started to record a video without warning him in advance.
Journalist Tamar Modebadze confirmed that they started to record the interview with Shetekauri without prior agreement with him. She also said that in case of prior agreement over the issue, Shetekauri might have refrained from making a comment.
The Kakheti Information Center has applied to the Prime Minister in connection with the incident.