NGO Pure Politics objects to an alleged deal between Alia Holding and Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. The representatives of the organization suspect that the dismissal of several journalists from the holding must have been tied with the aforementioned agreement, according to which the newspaper will abstain from publishing critical and negative information about the businessman and the politician from now on.
The NGO believes if such agreement was reached, it should become public, because there is nothing to hide.
`We think that such sudden and rough change of policy of the Holding, which all of a sudden turned into a pro-Ivanishvili policy, raises questions that the sides have agreed. That`s why we call on each media organization in Georgia to confirm if such agreement was reached and make it public to avoid political corruption in Georgia,` the head of the NGO Zurab Japharidze said.
The Department of the Political Party Monitoring of the Chamber of Control has responded to the concerns of the NGO, saying they will look into the details of tha alleged agreement if they receive an official letter in this regards.