Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fake Russian invasion broadcast sparks Georgian panic

clipped from edition.cnn.com

Fake Russian invasion broadcast sparks Georgian panic

Emotions are still raw in many parts of Georgia after Russian tanks, troops and armored vehicles advanced into the former Soviet Republic in August 2008.

That invasion was triggered after Georgian troops attacked pro-Russian separatists in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia. In the fighting that ensued, each side offered conflicting figures on how many people died.

On Saturday night, the pro-government Imedi TV in Georgia broadcast what it called a "simulation" of what a fresh invasion would look like. And the broadcast ended with a note that the events in it were not real.

However, the show did not run any on-screen notes during the half-hour broadcast to alert viewers that what they were watching was not real. Consequently many were alarmed.

"I understand the position of the journalists," she said in a statement. "I understand that it is possible to make such projects, but it mustn't impact the population of the country.
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