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Georgia Fears Reputation for Hospitality at Risk over Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

To symbolize solidarity with kidnapped Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, Georgian TV host Giorgi Gabunia and journalist guests wore black bags over their heads during the June 6, 2017 broadcast of Rustavi2's Archevani (The Choice) show.

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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Georgia Fears Reputation for Hospitality at Risk over Azerbaijani Journalist's Kidnapping

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