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Rustavi 2 TV Journalists Resign En Masse, Citing Expected Changes to the Critical Editorial Policy

22 August, 2019

 

The staff of Rustavi 2 is leaving the channel en masse due to their discontent with the recent staff changes carried out by the new management. On August 20, the new owner of Rustavi 2 Kibar Khalvashi dismissed Nodar Meladze, the Head of TV's News Department, Giorgi Laperashvili, the Deputy General-Director, Eka Kvesitadze and Giorgi Gabunia, the TV anchors for political talk shows “Kviris Akcentebi” and “Archevani”, and Nanuka Zhorzholiani, the author and host of “The Nanuka Zhorzholianis Show”. According to the staff members that left Rustavi 2 TV, they perceived their colleagues’ dismissal on vague grounds as an interference in the critical editorial policy of the channel.

Following the decision of the new management, Diana Jojua and Mikheil Sesiashvili, the co-anchors of the news program “Kurieri”, announced on air that there were also leaving Rustavi 2 TV.

According to the information available to us, the following staff members have also left Rustavi 2:

  1. Paata Iakobashvili
  2. Keti Kvachantiradze
  3. Tamar Chavchavadze
  4. Anna Tsereteli
  5. Tengo Gogotishvili
  6. Sopho Zurabiani
  7. Keti Kebadze
  8. Teo Goligashvili
  9. Sopho Khutsishvili
  10. Tamar Bagashvili
  11. Keti Nadibaidze
  12. Davit Eradze
  13. Davit Kashiashvili
  14. Sopho Vardiashvili
  15. Tea Adeishvili
  16. Lasha Kveseladze
  17. Gvantsa Sutidze
  18. Natia Trapaidze
  19. Nino Samkurashvili
  20. Eko Maghradze
  21. Gigla Tumanishvili
  22. Maiko Lomidze
  23. Eka Gagua
  24. Jeikhun Muhamedali
  25. Mariam Gaprindashvili
  26. Nino Gazdeliani
  27. Rusudan Jabanishvili
  28. Tamta Dolenjashvili
  29. Keta Tsitskisvhili
  30. Anuki Buava
  31. Ema Gogokhia
  32. Tamar Chantladze
  33. Natia Gogsadze
  34. Tako Surguladze
  35. Marika Gotsiridze
  36. Davit Dvalishvili
  37. Nina Machabeli
  38. Keti Soboni
  39. Mariam Shanshiashvili
  40. Jana Akopashvili
  41. Tamta Jikia
  42. Tatia Tsotsonava
  43. Maka Pankvelashvili
  44. Nino Vardzelasvhili
  45. Sopho Natsvlishvli
  46. Nino Shurgaia
  47. Maka Andronikashvili
  48. Nino Kekelia
  49. Sopho Khutsishvili
  50. Nino Dvalishvili
  51. Natia Jamerashvili
  52. Eka Saria
  53. Tamar Meskhi
  54. Nana Sisvadze
  55. Rusudan Giorgadze
  56. Giorgi Gvishiani
  57. Ia Guliashvili
  58. Anuka Elizbarashvili
  59. Tea Varshalomidze
  60. Vladimer Menabde
  61. Nino Ghvedashvili
  62. Keti Maisashvili

 

It has already been over 36 hours since the news program “Kurieri” hasn’t gone on air. Neither have there been any news posted on the official website of Rustavi 2. The hosts of the “Kviris Skhva Shuadge” have also left the channel: Levan Butkhuzi, Salome Dadunashvili and Levan Gambashidze.

We are of the opinion that the new management is making blatant attempts to change the critical editorial policy of the channel, in spite of their public statements that they wouldn’t interfere. It is obvious that the ongoing developments are in line with the interests of the “Georgian Dream – For A Democratic Georgia” ruling party.

It is also noteworthy to mention that Transparency International Georgia will defend the legal interests of Nodar Meladze and Nanuka Zhorzholiani. Upon request, our organization is also ready to provide legal support to other Rustavi 2 staff members.

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