Monday, October 14 2019 12:15
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenian MFA deals with issue related to refusal of entry of three  Armenian journalists to Georgia

Armenian MFA deals with issue related to refusal of entry of three  Armenian journalists to Georgia

ArmInfo. The Armenian Foreign Ministry is informed about the incident that occurred on the Armenian-Georgian border related to the refusal of three Armenian  journalists to enter Georgia.

As Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan told an  ArmInfo correspondent, the Foreign Ministry has already contacted  Georgian colleagues on this issue. "We are dealing with this issue.   According to preliminary data, the refusal of entry was related to  technical issues. Additional information will be given later,"  Naghdalyan said.

At the time of publication of the article, we did not manage to  receive comment from the Georgian Embassy in Armenia.

It should be noted that on Saturday it became known that three  Armenian journalists- Yuri Manvelyan, Tigran Khachatryan and Tigran  Hakobyan, employees of the Epress.am portal were not allowed into  Georgia. As the journalists themselves said, on October 11 they were  detained for more than 4 hours at the Bavra-Ninotsminda checkpoint,  and then they were forbidden to bring cameras and microphones into  the country. Journalists had to explain to various customs officers  that they were going to Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki and Tbilisi for  meetings. Georgian border guards told them that with the equipment  they cannot cross the border, and can return when they leave the  equipment in Armenia. After the journalists returned to the Armenian  border, left their equipment there and returned to the Georgian  checkpoint, the border guards explained to them that their entry into  the country for journalistic activities was undesirable, and sent  them back. The Georgian side refused to give an explanation in  connection with the inadmissibility of journalists in the country.

To note, an almost similar event occurred recently at the Upper Lars  checkpoint on the Russian-Georgian border already with a group of  Russian journalists from St. Petersburg. The car of journalists and  cinematographers was not allowed into the territory of Georgia,  justifying this by the fact that the car looks "too military". Upon  learning that the purpose of the trip was to shoot a documentary  about Georgia and Armenia, the border guards allowed four members of  the film crew to enter Georgia while the driver of the car was sent  back to Russia.

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