A judicial ruling in Georgia seems certain to turn up the heat on a long-simmering political confrontation.
In a decision issued late on November 3, Tbilisi City Court Judge Tamaz Urtmelidze upheld an ownership claim of Rustavi2 – a television channel currently closely associated with vocal critics of the incumbent government – in a suit filed by Georgian businessman Kibar Khalvashi. Under the ruling, Khalvashi stands to regain a controlling interest in the broadcaster.
The verdict, along with a parallel investigation into an alleged coup conspiracy, has further blurred the lines between media and political power in Georgia.
Rustavi2 lawyers assailed the ruling and vowed to appeal. Tacitly acknowledging the political sensitivities of the case, Georgia’s Constitutional Court, acting on a petition filed by Rustavi2 lawyers, issued an injunction against the implementation of the ruling until all potential avenues of appeal have been exhausted.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog.