Thousands march in Georgia to support TV station

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Around 10,000 people marched in support of Rustavi-2 television station in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on Sunday, as the broadcasting company faces a court battle over its ownership. The TV station and its supporters accused the government of restricting media freedom. During the protest the company CEO, Nika Gvaramia, told the crowd that the founder of Georgia’s ruling coalition party Georgian Dream and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili was “tirelessly watching us, listening, spying.” On Friday, Rustavi-2 suspended broadcasting for the weekend to protest what it sees as an attack on media freedom and called on people to join the Sunday’s protest.