This is unnerving news for those of us who work in the photojournalism industry.
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People protest in front the residence of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi on July 19, 2011. The alleged ringleader of three Georgian photojournalists accused of spying for enemy Russia has confessed to involvement in espionage. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an official at Georgia's interior ministry said the alleged kingpin of the spy ring, European Pressphoto Agency photographer Zurab Kurtsikidze, had become the third of the trio to admit guilt. Saakashvili's personal photographer Irakly Gedenidze, European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) photographer Zurab Kurtsikidze and Foreign Ministry press centre photographer Giorgi have been charged with collecting confidential material on Georgia's pro-Western leadership that was allegedly sent to military intelligence officers from arch-rival Russia.