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Wednesday, November 10
Media Owners soon to be revealed

On November 8 at a Cabinet meeting, David Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia charged the Committee on Legal Issues to elaborate a draft law according to proposals submitted by the initiative group, Akhali Taoba reports.

“All interested parties should be fully involved in the process of working out the draft law: experts, non-governmental organisations and journalists,” Bakradze stated. According to the statement of Pavle Kublashvili, the Chairman of the Committee, the content of the draft has already been set and it will be registered at the next Cabinet meeting.

Kublashvili, who chairs the parliamentary committee for legal affairs, said that it was possible to take into consideration those parts of the group’s proposals, which deal only with media ownership transparency.

Bakradze announced on October 26 that the authorities planned to make media ownership and the sources of their finances "fully transparent" and said that a relevant draft law would be drawn up within two weeks.

The new draft law is being worked on in Parliament for the transparency of media-owners.

A group of media and legal experts were working on an appropriate draft law long before Bakradze’s announcement.

Kakha Kukava’s Demand

Member of the faction of the City Assembly and Conservative leader Kakha Kukava demands that the President of Georgia confirm the participation of Russian Federal Security Service generals in organising the 7 November protest movement in 2007, 24 Hours writes.

If Kukava doesn’t receive a response from President, he plans to appeal to the court with a petition of 10,000 signatures of people who took part in the 7 November movement.

Kukava also demands that the President apologise to Badri Patarkatsishvili’s family.

Mikheil Saakashvili stated yesterday the 7 November movement was organised by Russian Federal Security Service generals and by Badri Patarkatsivhsili.

City Assembly member Kakha Kukava considers this fact is humiliating for the Georgian public and has appealed to the international community to help the Georgian people fight against this regime.

He commented on the President’s statement that Kukava is testing democracy. The City Assembly member said that this is not the first case of President mentioning his name and hopes the statement will not be misinterpreted by the media.