NGOs : The decision made by the Supreme Court strengthens the doubts concerning the interference of the government in the court decision making process

Statements 3 March 2017

We are deeply concerned by the decision, made on March 2 by the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia, stating that the owner of Rustavi 2 shares will become Kibar Khalvashi (60%) and Ltd Panorama (40%).


The monitoring of the case provides grounds that In all three instances of judicial proceedings, as well as the final result, do not meet the requirements of an independent court decision and strengthens our doubts concerning the rough interference of the government in the decision making process.


We want to emphasize, that it left clear impression that government has been attempting to take control over the main opposition media outlet, which would significantly damage media pluralism and democracy in Georgia and threaten Euro-Atlantic integration process.


Transparency International Georgia


Civil Development Agency


International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy


Open Society Georgia Foundation


Georgian Reforms Associates


Atlantic Council of Georgia


Georgian Farmers Association


The Economic Policy Research Center


Green Alternative


Media Development Foundation


UN Association of Georgia


Georgian Democracy Initiative


Regional Centre for Strategic Studies


In Depth Reporting and Advocacy Center


Union Safari


Georgian Institute of Politics


Voice from Georgia


Institute for Development of Freedom of Information


Society and Banks


Media Advocacy Coalition


Tolerance and Diversity Institute: TDI


Green Alternative


Article 42 of the Constitution

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