When Georgia's Fighting “Terrorists,” How Much Does the Public Need to Know?
Two days after a nearly 24-hour-long, armed counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi that killed four people, the Georgian public still doesn’t know whom its special forces were fighting or why. Even while congratulating itself for a mission accomplished, the government has refused to release any details. The media finds itself under fire for trying to make sense of the whole thing.
Georgian television channels carried live the ferocious, November 21-22 gunfight in the Georgian capital’s bedroom community of Isani. They provided updates on the SWAT-style movements, although Georgia’s largest TV station, Rustavi2, specified that it delayed its own broadcast of these movements by an hour. Residents evacuated from the area were also interviewed.
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