Two of the four Georgian photojournalists arrested in Tbilisi on spying charges have been shown apparently confessing on national TV.
The personal photographer of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and his wife admitted passing secret details about the movements of their leader to Russia’s secret service.
Last night, small groups of journalists and photographers held silent protests outside the Interior Ministry detention centre where their colleagues are being held.
Some wore white t-shirts bearing a “no camera” logo, printed specially for the occasion.
One of Georgia’s most renowned photographers Yuri Mechitov told euronews he remains concerned about press freedom. “I express my solidarity and anger because it is not clear why they’ve been jailed,” he said. “There is no good and proper explanation for the people as to what’s going on exactly.”
Lawyers said three of the four photojournalists were formally charged early this morning and one was released. They face between eight and 12 years in jail if convicted.
Moscow has accused the former Soviet republic of whipping up anti-Russia hysteria since they fought a brief war over the rebel region of South Ossetia.