"The ungrounded court ruling and selective law threaten Georgia's aspirations to become a member of the European Union" - special statement issued on the subject by the members of the European Parliament. They reacted to Nika Gvaramia's arrest by the Georgian court and write that it is selective law that threatens Georgia's European future.
We offer the statement without change:
The guilty verdict delivered by the Georgian court against the director of TV Mtavari, Mr. Nikoloz Gvaramia, and his two associates without persuasive evidence represents a continuation of the deteriorating rule of law in Georgia. This decision seriously endangers Georgia’s European future which demands commitments to democratic values, among others to freedom of media and the rule of law.
Unfortunately, the questionable decision of the court resonates with the widespread general pattern of persecution, intimidation, and physical attacks against the representatives of critical media. Many of us have once already spoken out against the unethical attack on Mr. Gvaramia when a high-ranked official of the Georgian Government publicized Mr. Gvaramia’s private data from the Parliament’s podium. Back then, our justified concerns were met with “whataboutery” arguments by the representatives of the ruling party.
The Georgian court’s ungrounded decision is a result of the long-overdue judicial reform, an obligation taken by the Georgian Government through the April 19 agreement but never delivered. Selective justice and further deterioration of democratic institutions irreparably harm Georgia’s reputation and jeopardizes its European choice to become a candidate and eventually a member of the European Union. This is in stark contrast with what the people of Georgia want and deserve.
Members of the European Parliament:
- Andrius Kubilius (EPP)
- Anna Fotyga (ECR)
- Markéta Gregorová (Greens/EFA)
- Michael Gahler (EPP)
- Petras Auštrevičius (Renew)
- Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D)
- Sven Mikser (S&D)
- Viola von Cramon (Greens/EFA)