Ambassador Justin McKenzie Smith reading an extract from the article in newspaper “Glekhi” dating back to 1906 by renowned Georgian author and public opinion former Mikheil Javakhishvili, talking about the essence and the importance of free media. Davit Kvaratskhelia, actor citing Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights.
“This means that everyone is free to express, write or publish their opinions, beliefs. To this end, everyone is free to have a printing house and to print all sorts of books, booklets, magazines or newspapers, leaflets, et cetera. And acting so does not require any government permission whatsoever. In those booklets, magazines, newspapers and leaflets, everyone is free to commend or criticize actions of the government and public officials no matter how successful these officials are. Everyone is free to distribute and sell printed booklets, magazines, newspapers and leaflets.”
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”
Article 10, European Convention on Human Rights