Georgia Fears Reputation for Hospitality at Risk over Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping
Many Georgians perceive the recent kidnapping of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi as a breach of Georgia's venerated hospitality traditions, on a par with an attack on free media and national sovereignty.
“This is not just a violation of international law and our own law, but also a crude violation of our traditions of hospitality,” said Nino Danelia, an assistant professor at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, during the June 6 broadcast of the Rustavi2 TV talk-show Archevani (The Choice). “This man came to us to seek help and we simply grabbed him and handed him over to his tormentors,” she alleged.
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