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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
08 September, 2020
The Coalition Statement on the Draft Amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts Initiated in the Parliament of Georgia
04 September, 2020
Statement of the GDI on the restrictions on leaving the territory of Georgia for the Georgian citizens
03 September, 2020
Civil Platform “No to Phobia!” Responds to the Pre-election Campaign of “Alliance of Patriots of Georgia”
02 July, 2020