Police in Georgia arrested four photographers, including the personal photographer of Georgia’s president and a photojournalist with European Pressphoto Agency, during an early morning raid today, according to a statement from the Georgia Interior Ministry. The BBC reports that the ministry has accused the photographers of working against the interests of Georgia by supplying the special service of an unnamed country with information.
The four photographers are Irakli Gedenidze, photographer to President Mikheil Saakashvili; Georgian foreign ministry photographer Georgy Abdaladze; and Zurab Kurtsikidze of EPA. Gedenidze’s wife, Natia, was also arrested and is under investigation. Associated Press photographer Skakh Aivazov was also detained, but was released after several hours, AP reports.
Relatives of the photographers reported that they were arrested in their homes in the early morning by plainclothes officers who seized cameras, cellphones and computers, according to Reuters. Dozens of journalists rallied outside the Interior Ministry in Tbilisi to protest the detentions.
The photographers’ arrests came the same week several Georgians and some Russians were convicted in a Georgian court of spying for Russia, which fought a war with Georgia in 2008. As the BBC notes, this is the first time journalists have been accused of spying.
“Some people call reading an escape, but it’s not – it’s embracing the true reality of the best parts of who we are.” ― Sean Gibson **** How Natural Are Nature Documentaries?– The Verge Film’s Stunning Comeback – EuropeanCEO Through the Lens, North Korea Is a Sci-Fi Film Set – CNN What It’s Like to Photograph... More ›
We’ve seen a flurry of technological innovation centered around image search, particularly in the form of artificial intelligence algorithms that can automatically tag images to make them more discoverable. After all, it’s no good to have a massive collection of digital assets if no one can find what they’re looking for. Now 500px is getting... More ›
A weekly selection of great articles from around the web for photographers and filmmakers. More ›