Statement of Non-Governmental Organizations Regarding the Arrest of Nika Gvaramia

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Non-governmental organizations express solidarity with Nika Gvaramia and Mtavari Arkhi team.

The decision of the Tbilisi City Court of May 16, 2022, and the imprisonment of Nika Gvaramia is perceived as a warning and threat to other independent media outlets to stop critical coverage of the government’s performance, to cease watchdog activities and to refrain from the disclosure of facts that are undesirable to the government.

The imprisonment of the General Director of a critical media outlet, including on the basis of managerial decisions, is yet another example of selective investigation, prosecution and conviction.

We think that these kind of developments may have a negative impact on Georgia's European integration  process.


  • Transparency International-Georgia (TI-Georgia)
  • Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA)
  • International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) 
  • The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) 
  • Liberal Academy Tbilisi
  • Media Club
  • The Media Development Foundation (MDF)
  • Media Rights
  • Georgian Alliance of Regional Broadcasters
  • TV Net
  • Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI)
  • Georgian Regional Media Association (GRMA)
  • Georgian Telecommunication Operators Association (TOA)
  • Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics
  • Rights Georgia
  • Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)
  • Media Ombudsman
  • Georgia`s Reforms Associates (GRASS)
  • Georgian Court Watch
  • Green Alternative
  • Governance Monitoring Center (GMC)
  • PEN Georgia
  • Human Rights Center (HRC)
  • Society and Banks
  • The Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC)
  • Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI)
  • Civil Society Institute (CSI)
  • Institute of Democracy
  • Europe Foundation
  • Rct Empathy
  • Green Sector
  • Independent Journalists' House
  • Democracy Research Institute - DRI
  • Social Justice Center
  • Sapari
  • Georgian Regional Radio Network (GRRN)
  • EuroClub Kvareli
  • Atlantic Council of Georgia
  • Centers for Civic Engagement (NCCE)
  • Society Batomi
  •  Democracy Defenders
  • Shame Movement