May 18, 2022 Statement of Non-Governmental Organizations Regarding the Arrest of Nika Gvaramia

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

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


Georgian Regional Radio Network (GRRN)

EuroClub Kvareli

Atlantic Council of Georgia

Centers for Civic Engagement (NCCE)

Society Batomi

 Democracy Defenders

Shame Movement