Media takeovers happen every day, but rarely do they come with scenes straight out of an action thriller. But that's the drama now engulfing Maestro TV, Georgia's main anti-government television channel.
In a feat few media executives could achieve, Erosi Kitsmarishvili, the portly, middle-aged head of Maestro TV’s managing company and Georgia's onetime ambassador to Russia, put his mountaineering skills to good use early on November 30, and climbed over the fence of the Tbilisi-based station with a posse of men. Mission unknown.
The group then locked themselves into Maestro's premises. Spotting the intrusion, the channel’s morning-shift reporters responded by locking themselves into the control room.
"Why?" you might ask. Keep asking. No one appears to know. (Including why Kitsmarishvili could not simply walk through the front door.)
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