During his Sunday sermon held this weekend the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, The Patriarch Beatitude Ilia II, made a request to all Georgian media to talk less about crimes such as murder for fear of ‘traumatising’ people.
“When we report about such negative facts we traumatise our people”, the Patriarch told followers.
The Patriarch’s views were ridiculed online by several individuals, many of whom view his request as ridiculous. Some, however, saw the statement as reflecting more serious and troubling issues, such as the Church’s attempt to silence criticism and negativity, that was described by one Twitter user as ‘promoting propaganda’.
Talking before a crowd of followers Patriarch Ilia said:
“I want to tell the press, television and radio as well as our government and reporters with great honour that when we report about such negative facts we traumatise our people, we provide them with such examples that people can commit such terrible sins so maybe it is possible to report about these murders are seldom as possible.”