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28.03.2012 12:31

Media Partners: Revaz Sakevarishvili Dismissed for Plagiarism

Maia Tsiklauri

On March 26 JSC Media Partners, publisher of Forbes Georgia magazine released a clarification in response to Revaz Sakevarishvili’s statement. Revaz Sakevarishvili’s decision to resign was not his own, the company alleges, he was discharged from office by Media Partners. The reason of his dismissal was clarified in the Media Partners’ release of March 28: “Obtaining an interview from Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili he copied most of the questions from the Russian Vedomost’ article dating back to 2005.”

The statement also clarifies that “This story has nothing in common with censorship, it is just related to legal issues and publishing ethics” and “Rezav Sakevarishvili’s allegations on resignation in protest is false.”

Rezav Sakevarishvili releasing online the interview with Bidzina Ivanishvili without reaching agreement with JSC Media Partners implies the signs of the breach of law. “Our lawyers are studying the circumstances and legal prospective of Rezav Sakevarishvili’s demarche,” reads the statement made in response.  

Rezav Sakevarishvili issued an announcement on his resignation from the position of Editor-in-chief on March 27, citing an attempt of meddling into editorial independence and censorship exercised by Media Partners’ founder Gagik Eghizaryan as a reason.

Speaking at the March 28 press conference Rezo Sakevarishvili said Eghizaryan had constant attempts to meddle into editorial policy but his recent attempt proved to be final. This time Eghizaryan argued against the preparation of the publication on Bidzina Ivanishvili, afterwards he wanted to take part in formulating questions to be posed, and eventually he demanded the interview ready to be published to be shortened.  

To make public fully aware of the interview Rezo Sakevarishvili decided to release the material through online editions.

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