32 journalists injured during June 20 rally, media demands investigation

One of the journalists injured during the demonstration. Photo: Georgian Charter of Journalist Ethics.

Agenda.ge, 21 Jun 2019 - 14:56, Tbilisi,Georgia

32 journalists received injuries during the June 20 demonstration in Tbilisi, many of them were shot by rubber bullet shots, the Georgian Charter of Journalist Ethics said earlier today.

Journalists say that several law enforcers were deliberately shooting at them when they could identify they were journalists and were carrying out their duties,” reads the statement.

The Georgian Charter of Journalist Ethics has demanded the identification of law enforcers who acted in a “violent manner and deliberately suppressed,” journalists.

The statement urged the diplomatic corps and international organisations to “effectively react” to the violation of journalists’ rights during the rally.

A rally triggered by the presence of Russian MPs in the Georgian parliament was dispersed yesterday by police after demonstrators ignored the appeal of the Interior Ministry to obey law enforcers and decided to break into the parliament building.