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Do you think that Georgian TV stations were used as propaganda tools during the Russian-Georgian conflict?

Monday, November 17
“I am sure that Georgian TV companies served as the means of disseminating propaganda during the conflict in August. This is great pity but it is a fact.”
Tamta, student, 21

“Both Russian and Georgian TV stations, and not only TV stations, were put under pressure by the authorities. And moreover, they have remained the tools of propaganda till now when it comes to covering the Georgian-Russian conflict.”
Neli, real estate agent, 48

“I would have been surprised if the Georgian media had been impartial when covering the August war. Historically it has always been like this, every Government has been trying to use the mass media as a tool for its interests to influence ordinary citizens.”
Dato, law student, 22

“I think not only Georgian but international TV stations have played an important role in drawing the world’s attention to the Georgian-Russian conflict in August. It was an essential aspect of the situation created by the military actions in our country. No one would have found out the real reasons for the ceasefire if it had not been for the TV stations.”
Gvantsa, student, 20

“Yes, I think they have all done their best to make the conflict even more complicated than it was. But still I really think that we have won the information war, because the world has faced the truth of how cruel Russia is.”
Inna, sociologist, 23

“There was an information war as well in August. Our family watched the Russian channels via satellite and honestly, Georgian coverage of the conflict was not the worst. However I think that the media is always a tool of propaganda in such countries as Georgia, where freedom of speech is at a minimum.”
Lasha, economist, 39

“I think it was the choice of journalists themselves to take a side. And the situation was so messy that I believe no one had time to plan propaganda actions in the media. It was all just spontaneous, I mean the coverage and all that stuff.”
Levan, psychologist, 32