# 26, 1-31 August, 2017
MDF's complaint against PIA news agency

On September 6, the Media Development Foundation (MDF) filed a complaint with the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics against an article “Does Iranization threaten Georgia? – Alarming Statistics” released by PIA news agency on August 18. In MDF’s opinion, by releasing this article PIA violated articles 3 (accuracy of sources) and 7 (facilitating discrimination) of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics.

Hate speech/ calls for violence

Asaval-Dasavali, August 28 – September 3; Alia, August 21-27, Shota Apkhaidze, Caucasian Center of Islamic Research: “We offer you a game: ‘Greet a Liberal! According to the rules of the game, you need to approach any liberal coming from the opposition direction, smile and punch him mercilessly in the jaw. It is desirable to punch in the jaw hard enough to break it. In this case, it will mean that you greeted him at full capacity. If the blow causes only a concussion or temporary loss of consciousness, it will mean that the greeting was incomplete and you will be given another chance for full greeting. Keep it up!” Alia


Alia, August 14-20, Sandro Bregadze, Erovnulebi (Georgian for nationally minded): “90% of drug dealers are foreigners. I wonder what will be the response of government officials, who turn a deaf ear, or of those liberasts, who portray all foreigners arriving here as investors. They are very afraid of us… I want to explain one thing – liberasts call us fascists and someone may believe in it. We are pursuing the same policy as Donald Trump in the United States at a governmental level. Is the U.S President a fascist? We are fighting against illegal migrants.”

Alia, August 14-20, Lasha Amirejibi, People’s Assembly: “I call on the government [Georgian Dream]: close Ponichala, close Marneuli, Gardabani; arrest drug dealers taking roots in big cities and do not limit yourself only by Iranians… ”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 14-20, Dito Chubinidze, journalist: “Today, Tbilisi is burning for the sins of entire Georgia, because Ottoman Turks or Qizilbash, Arabs or Indians, Bangladeshis or Chinese, Pakistanis or Syrians have been dispersed in this unlucky country like grasshoppers.”

Kviris Palitra, August 7-13, Eter Eradze, author: “After expressing protest against doubtful departure of promo girls abroad, similar statements disappeared from media outlets, but they have re-emerged recently and unanswered questions appeared again – you will fail to find such families in Georgia… I failed to ask – when there is an inflow of the Chinese to Georgia, why are Georgian girls in such demand in China.”

Georgia and the World, August 10, Giorgi Razmadze, cleric: “How can a person, who legalized the sale of lands to foreigners and sold the best agricultural lands to Arabs and Turks at a symbolic price, be a believer?” I ask the question: How can an Orthodox Georgian sell native lands to Arabs? Our ancestors are probably turning in their graves. It is terrible and sooner or later, they will be held accountable for it.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Davit Kvlividze, archpriest: “One will never understand whether the Agmashenebeli Avenue is Tbilisi, Turkey or Iran… Let them talk about it! People wearing chador are walking in the streets and you will never know whether there are men or women behind those chadors. It is a real threat and we see, what is happening in Europe today. A week will scarcely pass without a terrorist act there. Similarly, no one knows here who will explode oneself and where.”
Source: Georgia and the World

Civil society organizations, Alia, August 7-13, Ramaz Gagnidze, Georgian Mission: “I wrote on my Facebook page a week ago that if I saw Muslim criminal-terrorist emigrants arriving in Georgia, I would take up arms and kill them. Next day some people took screenshots of those statements and the entire liberast world made a noise… If I had written the following post – if Russian occupants cross the boundary line I will take up arms and kill them – nobody would have summoned me to police. Does it matter whom I had mentioned in my post - criminal Muslim migrant terrorists or Russian occupants?” 

Asaval-Dasavali, August 14-20, Nikoloz Mzhavanadze, Union of Human Rights Defenders: “All media outlets and government agencies were chasing 20 Russian bikers, while entire Georgia has got filled with Arabs, Turks, Chinese and Iranians!” 

Alia, August 14-20, Shota Apkhaidze, Caucasian Center of Islamic Research: “Along with a significant increase in the arrivals of Iranians, Turks and Arabs, number of drug dealers has increased by 60% compared to last year. Just migrants from the above listed countries bring large amounts of drugs and sell them in Georgia… The recent developments have shown that a gang of liberals and alien infidels lead the country into the abyss; the government is incapable.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 28 – September 3, Gulodi Potskhishvili, dancer: “Tourism will not save Georgia! Tourism will destroy Georgia! The Agmashenebeli Avenue stinks with Turkish, Iranian and Arabic smell… They bring thousands of diseases to Georgia. Georgia should maintain itself with intellectual business… Do not let these tourists destroy Georgia and do not give residence permit to everyone; we will face a threat of incest and will not be able to change anything… The Philharmonic Hall has been seized from the Georgian people and an Indian restaurant has been opened there; and nobody knows what is happening there now.”  Akhali Taoba

Asaval-Dasavali, August 14-20, Rezo Amashukeli, poet: “Plekhanov [former name of the Agmashenebeli Avenue] was named after Agmashenebeli only to laugh at us, because there is no longer Tbilisi and Georgia there. If anyone does not believe me, let them walk along the street in the evening and you will see, how the people of various religions behave there, shouting, swearing and ruining everything, while locals are trembling with fear.”


Maestro, News at 9 pm, August 21, Kakha Kukava, Free Georgia: “For example, we will have a proposal with respect to illegal immigration that remains a persisting problem today, because the centers of Tbilisi and Batumi mostly look like the centers of Turkish cities rather than Georgian ones. It is a reality and people are talking about it.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Tamaz Mechiauri, Tamaz Mechiauri for United Georgia: “Firstly, no one will accept us to NATO! Secondly, why did not anybody think that Georgia’s accession to NATO will give the green light to Turkey to bring its troops into the country? If one day Turkey brings its troops into Adjara and says that ‘Batumi is our historical city’, how do you think, will either the United States or the European Union drive them out from there? Although it may seem surprising, only the Russian factor will protect us against the Turkish expansion in Adjara!”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Sandro Bregadze, Erovnulebi: “The Kutaisi Street in Batumi and Gonio settlement have turned into “Istanbul market”, where Turks treat Georgians like slaves. Frankly speaking, the Georgian government’s jurisdiction is not actually spread over the Kutaisi Street in Batumi and Gonio settlement.”

Georgia and the World, July 16, Davit Kvlividze, archpriest: “We see that certain forces arrive from Istanbul; they take our young people to Turkey and give them spiritual education there.  I think that Georgian special services should clarify, which country they begin to serve upon their return from Turkey. Moreover, as known, Turkish and Iranian money is invested in building Sunni and Shia mosques; they are constantly talking about the lack of Muslim mosques, the need of building new mosques and violations of religious minority rights. Now imagine that Georgian young people were taken to Russia and given spiritual education there, that they were consecrated as priests and churches were built in Georgia with Russian money, how much noise our so called liberals would make!”

Georgia and the World, August 10, Vitali Margalitashvili, public organization “Poladi”: “We, the Georgians, suffer from the disease Turkuli [Turkish]; I already doubt, whether or not we are descendants of Georgians, successors of [King] Erekle. If we do not enter upon the path of Erekle, if we do not resemble him and think of our spiritual recovery, we will perish. I do not know to say about it or not… But a Georgian man, who lets his wife seek a job abroad, cannot be called Georgian. Where did we send our best young people? Over two million of our population have left the country. Even Shah Abbas has not done what our governments are doing to their own people.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 14-20, Shota Apkhaidze, Caucasian Center of Islamic Research: “Historically, Turkey is an occupant, which subject Georgian people to torture and suffering and forced Adjara to convert its religion. Today, Turkey has turned Georgia into its brothel and tries to achieve religious, economic and educational occupation of our country. So, any talks about Turkey’s assistance to Georgia are absurd and nothing more!”


Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Giorgi Gigauri, journalist: “Should they stage another “Barcelona carnage” in Tbilisi in order to awaken us and make us say ‘No’ to mass migration of Muslims?! If similar developments take place in Tbilisi, can you imagine what kind of the Bakhtrioni uprising will be staged by Georgian people against you and all migrants brought by you?”

 “I wonder very much, where are our liberasts, who were shouting themselves hoarse quite recently “I am Charlie Hebdo?” Why none of them has acknowledged that such mass migration of Muslims to Georgia is inadmissible. Look at the photos of the beardless Arabs suspected of the Barcelona terrorist act. Who would imagine that they might appear so bloodthirsty? But one can only imagine, how many such people walk in the streets of Tbilisi, how many of them arrive at the Tbilisi International Airport every day; how many of them go to the Public Service Hall to receive residence permits.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Robert Diakonidze, professor: “People told us straightly - Archbishop Spiridon (Abuladze) of Skhalta takes money from local Muslims and collects false signatures, as if the population is against building a church!”


Rezonansi, August 19, Mamuka Natsvaladze, journalist: “Is it doubtful to recognize the leadership of Georgians in the Georgian-Armenian state stemming from the Armenian ethno-psychology? An Armenian finds it difficult to tolerate the leadership of others, but here he agrees to take a very modest position.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 23 – September 3, Alexander Abdaladze, expert in Armenian studies: “Nine Brothers Kherkheulidze and nine Brothers Machabeli died in the Battle of Marabda, but where were nine Seriozhas at that time? Unfortunately, Georgia’s Armenian population evaded the war and the Armenians were only oriented to earning some money, rather than to defending the country, which gave them shelter. To tell the truth, Georgians did not trust Armenians in the struggle and were reluctant to fight alongside with them, being afraid of their betrayal.”


Alia, August 7-13, Sandro Bregadze, Erovnulebi: “Georgian guys are getting married all around – it appeared to be normal and joyful for our televisions, while the March of Georgians held by patriot Georgian guys proved unacceptable and terrible for the same TV channels. Now, you can make your own conclusions.” Social network

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Tamaz Mezhiauri, Tamaz Mechiauri for United Georgia: “Thank God, we do not have LGBT people in mountains. Neither do those people “cut their veins” for joining NATO. There are few LGBT people in Tbilisi as well; simply, they make a big noise.”


Kavkasia, Spectrum, August 26, Gogi Topadze, Industry will Save Georgia: “We should not accept same-sex marriages! We are Georgia! They still respect it in the Caucasus… They still remember the old one.”


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Georgia and the World, July 16, Davit Kvlividze, archpriest: “The Republicans have never hidden their attitude towards the church and religion; they always mocked at the Patriarch, Holy Synod and clergy. Simultaneously, we remember them with flying flags of homosexuals in their hands, their statements in support of homosexuals and so on. So, it is their inner world and I see nothing surprising about it. Simply, it should be given adequate response and generally, Georgian people should know, whom they are voting for.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 7-13, Basil Mkalavishvili, cleric: “The Patriarchate kept silent and its voice was hardly heard when the damned anti-discrimination law was approved and homosexuals and depraved people were provided with the right to give lessons at schools.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Zaza Davitaia, journalist: “There were a lot of unsettled problems in my childhood, but genetically healthy guys did not have any desire to turn delicate, to put on dresses and show themselves as girls. In this godless country [apparently referring to the Soviet Union], people lived under the rules set by the God, because a man was called a man and a woman was called a woman. Not only modern children are taught the meaning of this term, but they are indirectly encouraged to live such life and what is most important, it is portrayed as the norm.”

Georgia and the World, July 16, Nika Korinteli, journalist: “Today the homosexual and lesbian forces have gone so far that they even targeted cartoons – The Walt Disney Company, which has made a lot of children’s favorite films, released a film “Beauty and the Beast,” which contains a gay episode, and then a cartoon TV serial DocMcstuffins, where two children have a mother and a mother as parents…”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 7-13, Guram Palavandishvili; Society for Children’s Rights of Georgia: “Georgia’s misfortune began after the Parliament approved the anti-discrimination law. Its consequences are quite obvious. The representatives of LGBT herd, who settled down at schools and kindergartens, are doing their best to deprave the children spiritually.”

Georgia and the World, August 10, Givi Paatashvili, public organization “Poladi”: “Those people, who are in favor of immorality, do not like Patara Kakhi [affectionate name of King Erekle II] , because morality was paramount for him and homosexuals were not favored under his rule.”

Anti-Western Sentiments

Politicians, Alia, August 7-13, Soso Manjavidze, independent lawmaker: “He [Mike Pence] did not leave any room for ambiguous discussions about the priorities of the new administration. The so called liberals will not manage to blame the United States for introducing their depraved ideology in Georgia… according to which LGBT, drugs, godlessness, lack of sex and nationality is good and colorful and that democratic and wealthy United States and Europe stand behind it; that the traditions, religion, nation and homeland are bad and cruel, poor and authoritarian Russia stands behind it. Therefore, if you want to get rich and be democratic, you should become godless; you should have no nationality, no family; it is desirable if you belong to LGBT community, swear at your homeland; there is no other solution; otherwise, you will become cruel, poor and authoritarian like Russia.” Social network

Kavkasia, Spectrum, August 25, Gogi Topadze, Industry will Save Georgia: “We have lost our pride. Now it [the European Union] demands us to sell our lands; but what should we leave for our grandchildren? Why should we sell our lands? People have no pastures and no agriculture; and it cannot find a common language fearing that the European Union will be offended. Does the European Union want us to adopt such laws? You see what happened to other countries. Europe is very good and our path goes towards it, but let them accept our position as well, our Orthodoxy, our culture. Do not let them take it away from us.”

Georgia and the World, July 16
Editorial board:
“The New Yorkers expressed their concerns after they saw some tenants of the hotel located near their apartments engaged in sexual intercourse in front of their windows. It was impossible for them to look at the acts of depravity by heterosexual and homosexual couples, who left the curtains open while they had sex… The worst thing about it is that, as experts say, nobody will be able to calm down this depraved society, because, under current legislation, they can do everything whatever they want. So, this is a clear example of the freedom of liberal society.”

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Davit Isakadze, cleric: “In Germany, children of kindergarten age are specially given such dolls, which appeared on Georgian market quite recently. Moreover, preschool children play with plastic genitals and it is described as sexual education there. Simultaneously, laws are developed envisaging strict sanctions against those parents, who express protest over such approach. Our society has also entered upon this path. Therefore, we are strongly against introduction of lessons on sexual education at schools. All those persons or group of persons, who promote the introduction of such consciousness, are guilty before God as well as before the future of these children!”

Alia, August 7-13, Shota Apkhaidze, Caucasian Center of Islamic Research: “Look at the consequences of your liberal values and western democracy – young girls, who have turned into prostitutes and drug addicts; young guys, who have turned into drug dealers and impotents; depravity that has turned into the norm.” Social network

Asaval-Dasavali, August 28 – September 3, Nikoloz Mzhavanadze, Union of Human Rights Defenders: “The Americans do not assist Georgia, but they help pederasts and treacherous parties! The Republicans, who hate Georgians, and the National Movement are the U.S. allies in Georgia!”


Alia, August 7-13, Shota Apkhaidze, Caucasian Center of Islamic Research: “I wonder only one thing – do not these thousands of young people have any patrons? Are not their parents interested whom their girls go out with at nights? It is the beginning of the end of the nation. Did you, the supporters of the West, want to see such sovereign Georgia, with such shameful and degraded future generation?
Source: Social network

Asaval-Dasavali, August 21-27, Lasha Talakhadze, athlete: “I will not stay with a person, who will need some excuse. A woman need to show foresight. I agree with the opinion that a man can be forgiven more than a woman.”
Source: Sarke 

See full collection of examples of discriminatory statements at the

Newsletter was developed by Media Development Foundation (MDF) within the frameworks of the Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Program in Georgia, supported by USAID and implemented by UNAG.

Opinions and ideas provided in this newsletter are those of the Media Development Foundation (MDF) and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the UN Association of Georgia.

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