2017-03-09Rustavi 2 Dispute ‘Threatens’ Media Freedom
International human rights groups - the Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch - echoed the Georgian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the ownership rights over Rustavi 2 TV, Georgis’s most-watched television channel, to its former co-owner.
2017-03-09Indian Farmers Blame an Employee of the Signagi District Administration in Swindle
The Indian farmers living in the Sakobo village, Signagi municipality, blame the employee of the municipal administration Avtandil Vashakidze in swindle. As they told the ICK, they trusted the representative of the administration and sold 200 tons of wheat to him for debt two years ago. The farmers still have not received 40 000 GEL of the wheat price.
2017-03-09Children without preschool education
In Kakheti region, there are still villages, where kids cannot get pre-school education and the municipalities do not pay appropriate attention to the solution of this problem. Over 30 kids in Chantliskure village, Kvareli municipality are left without preschool education; mostly ethnic Avars live in the village. Neither the children living in the Tchoeti village, Dedoplistskaro municipality get preschool education. However, in both villages, it is essential to ensure access of the kids to the pre-school education because they cannot speak the Georgian language.
2017-03-09ECHR Extends Ruling over Rustavi 2 TV
2017-03-09Public Defender’s Statement on Rustavi 2 case
On March 2, 2017, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia reviewed the Rustavi 2 case without oral hearing and unanimously adopted a final decision. As a result, Kibar Khalvashi was declared the owner of 60% of the shares of the TV company, while Ltd Panorama, owned by him, got 40% of shares. No reasoned decision exists so far. The court has a one-month term to prepare it. It will be possible to make legal evaluation only after the decision is available. In the meantime, it can be said that the review of the case without oral hearing in the court of cassation had negative impact on the public confidence in the judicial process.
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