Rustavi 2

Georgia’s opposition TV channels’ accounts seized amid growing concerns of government pressure

By | December 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

The logos of TV Pirveli, Rustavi 2 and Kavkasia. Georgia’s opposition TV channels have slammed the financial sanctions by the government as politically motivated and vow to keep on “critical broadcasting” amid what they dub as growing pressure by Georgian Dream authorities. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Finance seized bank accounts of and started [...]

Georgia’s Rustavi 2 TV fires several key journalists after takeover

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , , |

Former news chief Nodar Meladze was approached by a person close to Ivanishvili and offered a collaboration, but declined. TBILISI, DFWatch--A day after Rustavi 2’s new owner laid out his plans to revamp Georgia's biggest opposition TV company, the newly appointed director sacks several of its key journalists. The list outlined on Tuesday by [...]

New lawsuit against opposition TV channel Rustavi 2 may ‘kill its editorial policy’

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Nika Gvaramia, CEO of Rustavi 2. TBILISI, DFWatch--The director of Georgia main opposition TV company said Monday that the government has launched a new attack against it, and claimed the goal is to kill its editorial policy. Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia also accused billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili of personal involvement in a new lawsuit [...]

Georgia’s Orthodox Church asks priests to stay away from ‘blasphemous’ Rustavi 2

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Orthodox Church on Thursday denounced the largest private TV channel in the country, and asked its clergy to stop giving interviews to or participate in any of its programs. The reason for the unprecedented step was that Rustavi 2 has engaged in ‘blasphemy’ […]

Far-right activists violently assault TV journalists in Tbilisi, six detained

By | March 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Giorgi Gabunia. TBILISI, DFWatch–Six men were detained after a group of nationalists assaulted reporters working for the opposition leaning TV channel Rustavi 2 in Tbilisi on Monday. At least one journalist was injured. The TV channel’s sports reporter Davit Eradze was hospitalized […]

Rustavi 2 web domain hijacked by former owners

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s embattled opposition TV company Rustavi 2 has lost control over its web domain and has had to switch to a different address to stay online. In a statement posted online on its new address, Rustavi 2 blamed former owner David Dvali […]

Sen. McCain encourages Georgia to preserve pluralistic media

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Georgian court's decision regarding Rustavi 2 looks like 'an attempt to silence opposition voices', US Senator John McCain said to Voice of America's Georgian service. "I am deeply concerned that the Georgian Supreme Court’s decision regarding Rustavi 2 appears to be an attempt to silence opposition voices in the press and curtail the country’s vibrant, pluralistic, [...]

Tbilisi and Brussels: tending to the democracy we have fired up

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ambassador Tedo Japaridze is a former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations in the Parliament of Georgia. Every time someone in Brussels criticizes the Georgian government, a chain reaction begins in Tbilisi.  With specs of truth, the opposition starts a fire designed to scorch the reputation of Georgia, while certain media will provide ventilation. It is not long before the whole […]

ECHR suspends Rustavi 2 takeover ‘until further notice’

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

A letter by ICHR to Rustavi 2 lawyer published on Facebook by Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia TBILISI, DFWatch–The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday confirmed a decision by one of its judges to suspend a ruling by Georgia’s Supreme Court about changing the ownership of the opposition-leaning TV company Rustavi 2. “A Chamber constituted from the Section […]

State Department: US is concerned by the impact of Supreme Court decision in Rustavi 2 case

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brief|Tags: , , , , |

"The United States is concerned by the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Rustavi 2, which could limit the access of opposition voices to Georgian broadcast media. A pluralistic media environment is essential for Georgia’s democratic growth and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We urge the Georgian government to take steps to ensure that the media environment remains free, open, [...]

Georgia’s biggest opposition TV station goes dark to protest ‘injustice’

By | February 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A banner posted on Rustavi 2. TBILISI, DFWatch–The biggest opposition TV station in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has voluntarily suspended its broadcast for two days to protest what it claims is an attempt by the government to silence it. “It was not an easy decision[…] but today we are left […]

Rustavi 2 airs allegations against former deptuty chief prosecutor

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Nika Gvaramia, director of Rustavi 2, the pro-Saakashvili television channel on which the unproven accusations were given extensive air time. TBILISI, DFWatch–A fiercely anti-government TV station in Georgia aired allegations against a former high-level prosecutor purporting that he had tried to sell a secret recordings of a former prime minister and billionaire. The word fight was launched during […]

Georgia Supreme Court judges silent about who pressured them

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Supreme Court judges in the former Soviet republic of Georgia have still not revealed who tried to put pressure on them in a case about the ownership of a large TV station critical to the government. Judges Besarion Arveladze and Paata Katamadze, […]

Two of Georgia’s Supreme Court judges claim they were pressured

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia. TBILISI, DFWatch–Two judges in the Supreme Court of the former Soviet republic of Georgia have filed a formal request to the country’s top prosecutor to investigate an attempt to influence them. The case led to an exchange of strong claims and counterclaims on Friday, […]

Rustavi 2 director asks for donations after another setback in court

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Media|Tags: |

Nika Gvaramia and Rustavi 2 employees outside the studio building. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Thursday ordered the seizure of the shares in the company that owns the television channel Rustavi 2. The court ordered the seizure of all shares in TV Sakartvelo, which holds 51 percent of the shares in Rustavi 2. The latter […]

Vehicles of Georgian opposition TV company seized

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

“This will be a full-scale legal war,” Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia warned. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Bureau of Enforcement late Thursday evening seized vehicles belonging to the Georgian opposition-leaning TV company Rustavi 2. The seizure came as result of a court plea submitted by Kibar Khalvashi, a Georgian businessman […]

Rustavi 2 under investigation for illegal wiretapping

By | May 13th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Head of Rustavi 2, Nika Gvaramia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has launched an investigation into surveillance recordings published by Rustavi 2. The case is based on suspicion that the recordings were illegally obtained and published, which if true means that the TV company […]

TV studio in Georgia evacuated after bomb threat

By | September 16th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–On Sunday the TV studios of Rustavi 2 had to be evacuated because of a bomb threat. This is the fifth bomb threat in four days in Tbilisi. The live Sunday night show Post Scriptum was interrupted when the host, Davit Kikalishvili, said there was […]

Georgia TV channel hyped crisis over Karabakh comment

By | January 16th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2 claimed there was a crisis between Georgia and Armenia after the Georgian Foreign Minister was misquoted regarding Nagorno-Karabakh. The comment fell during a visit to Lithuania. Mrs Panjikidze was asked by […]

Rustavi 2 gets new director

By | November 15th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A TV channel controlled by the former Saakashvili’s government on Wednesday got a new director, who used to be former government official. Rustavi 2 is considered to have played a major role during the Rose Revolution in 2003 and used to be […]