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First comments made after Strasbourg Court’s decision over Rustavi 2
18 July, 2019
Rustavi 2 TV shareholder Kibar Khalvashi made first comment about the Strasbourg Court’s decision over Rustavi 2. I'm not going to change the editorial policy of the TV channel. The freedom of expression and freedom of speech will be guaranteed ... Change will only apply to one person and this will be Nika Gvaramia, - Kibar Khalvashi said.

Khalvashi claims he will not interfere with journalists' professional activities.

"I hope that the company staff will adequately meet the decision of the
Strasbourg Court and continue their professional activities. We will all work together to ensure that Rustavi 2 is a successful and popular channel.

The changes will apply to only one person. Nika Gvaramia, who was actually appointed by the regime that deprived me of the company, will not be able to continue to work in the company not as a journalist and not as a director general. Instead, my company will be headed by my lawyer, Paata Salia”, - Khalvashi said.

Khalvashi added that his company would be headed by his lawyer Paata Salia.

According to him, he is not going to change the editorial policy of the TV channel.
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Rustavi 2 TV shareholder Kibar Khalvashi

Khalvashi claims he will not interfere with journalists' professional activities.

"I hope that the company staff will adequately meet the decision of the Strasbourg Court and continue their professional activities. We will all work together to ensure that Rustavi 2 is a successful and popular channel.

The changes will apply to only one person. Nika Gvaramia, who was actually appointed by the regime that deprived me of the company, will not be able to continue to work in the company not as a journalist and not as a director general. Instead, my company will be headed by my lawyer, Paata Salia”, - Khalvashi said.

Nika Gvaramia, Director General of Rustavi 2 also made statement about the Strasbourg Court’s decision


I cannot but say that this decision was shocking and absolutely unimaginable, - he saud and added that he disagrees with this judgment.

"Rustavi 2 is on air and we are not going not to be! First of all, I cannot but say that this decision was shocking and absolutely unimaginable. I am a lawyer and not a bad one. I think I have the right to criticism regardless of which court it concerns.

The decision is absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, it is very difficult that the court left the right to appeal only in one case, which, of course, we will use. In other cases, the right to appeal has been blocked.
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Nika Gvaramia, Director General of Rustavi 2

I do not support conspiracies and I cannot doubt the court’s impartiality. I’ll just describe all this as an absolutely wrong interpretation. I have a right to criticism and obviously I disagree with this decision," Nika Gvaramia said.

Mikheil Saakashvili calls for public mobilization


I am not going to give up, I am going to fight together with you, - ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili said when commenting on the judgment of the Strasbourg Court in the Rustavi 2 case.

“I call on everybody to mobilize, now we have a state of emergency, we are at the edge of losing a country”, - Mikheil Saakashvili said.

Mikheil Saakashvili called on both citizens and politicians to stand together.

"Let's put aside vacations, good life, some other plans and defend our homeland. The evil must not prevail. The dark forces should not eventually take possession of Georgia. We stand together and declare universal mobilization. I would like to call on all political forces, for whom Georgia's future is important, to stand together without any personal interests and fight for our country, for the victory, for the removal of Ivanishvili. We must achieve snap elections to save the judiciary," Mikheil Saakashvili said.

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