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Georgia
April 11, 2011
Widow of First President of Georgia Indicts Myvideo.ge Administration for Censorship
Manana Archvadze

Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia, Widow of the First President of Georgia has indicted the administration of the popular Georgian web portal www.myvideo.ge of censorship. Allegedly the administration deleted the video uploaded on the website on March 30. The video is dedicated to the events ongoing in Georgia 20 years ago.

In her video statement posted on Youtube Manana Archvadze-Gamsakhurdia clarified that the video blocked by the website administration was produced specially for the 20th anniversary of the independence of Georgia and the birthday of the first President of Georgia.

Reporting on the content of the video Manana Archvadze said she had discussed the processes prior to the act of independence, the consequences of the March 31, 1991 referendum, and Zviad Gamsakhurdia's biography.

Gamsakhurdia's widow doubts the website administration is being controlled by the authorities.

"The video was blocked within 24 hours off of its upload even though it contained neither obscenity nor personal abuse," said Manana Archvadze having called for a written response from the website administration and the video material to be restored.

Myvideo.ge owner ITDC said Manana Archvadze's complaint is incomprehensible to them.

"If they can specify which video is being concerned and submit an official application we are ready to provide an official response," said Tinatin Monavardishvili, the company sales manager

reporting to Media.ge.

On March 31, 1991, during Zviad Gamsakhurdia's presidency, the referendum on the independence of the country was held in Georgia. According to the official data 90 per cent of the population participated in the referendum. 88 per cent voted for the independence of the country.

Exiled by government troops Zviad Gamsakhurdia died in December 1993. According to different suggestions the President either committed a suicide for the defeat in the civil war, or was assassinated. 

Source: Media.ge

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