News

22
August2019

Prosecution of TV Pirveli owner’s family member reinforces questions concerning freedom of speech and selective justice in the country

On 22 August 2019, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, within the framework of the Khazaradze-Japaridze case, indictedbusinessman Avtandil Tsereteli, whose family owns an independent TV company – TV Pirveli.

20
August2019

Statement of NGOs on the Ongoing Staff Changes in Rustavi 2 TV

We, the undersigned organizations, want to express our concern about the staff changes in Rustavi 2 TV that were announced and carried out by its new owner. Paata Salia, the new General-Director of Rustavi 2 TV, dismissed Nodar Meladze, the Head of TV's News Department, and TV anchor Nanuka Zhorzholiani. Moreover, Eka Kvesitadze, Giorgi Gabunia and Giorgi Laperashvili, the Deputy General-Director, will be fired as soon as they return from vacation.

20
August2019

Working on electoral reform should continue

On August 5 and 6, a meeting of the electoral reform working group was held to discuss initiatives prepared by the ruling party about amendments to the Law of Georgia on Political Associations and the Election Code. We would like to comment on the legislative initiatives discussed by the working group.

09
August2019

Statement of NGOs on the Charges Made Against former Director-General of Rustavi 2, Nika Gvaramia

We, the undersigned organizations, are writing in response to the statement released by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia in relation to the charges filed against Nika Gvaramia, the former Director-General of Rustavi 2 TV.

01
August2019

Sentencing Zviad Kuprava to Imprisonment Is a Dangerous Precedent of Restricting Freedom of Expression

We, the undersigned organisations, respond to the conviction of Zviad Kuprava by Tbilisi City Court yesterday and believe that the conviction is a dangerous precedent in terms of restricting freedom of expression in Georgia.

25
July2019

Charges Against the Founders of TBC Bank Raise Many Questions About the Investigation

On July 24, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia charged the founders of TBC Bank - Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze - with money laundering over transactions that allegedly took place 11 years ago. The case against the founders of TBC was opened in August 2018 and a number of legitimate concerns were raised in regard to the basis for the launch of the investigation. A series of suspicious decisions were carried out by state agencies against the founders of TBC in the follow-up to the launch of the investigation.

24
July2019

Georgian Civil Society Addresses to the International Organizations in regard to the recent developments around Rustavi 2 TV

As you are already aware, the European Court of Human Rights rendered its judgement on the Rustavi 2 ownership dispute case on July 18, 2019. As a result of this judgement, the decision of the Georgian court system was enforced and a change was made to the ownership of Rustavi 2.

17
July2019

The Coalition is assessing the ongoing process of selection of Supreme Court judicial candidates

On May 10, 2019 the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) started the process of selection of Supreme Court judicial candidacies to be submitted to the Parliament of Georgia. The procedure has revealed several significant problems undermining transparency and legitimacy of the process, more specifically: