06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 14 Jan 2016 Georgia
Journalists Levan Sutidze, Irakli Kiknavelidze and Nino Macharashvili Attacked in Tbilisi
Three journalists, Levan Sutidze, Irakli Kiknavelidze and Nino Macharashvili, working for the Georgian TV and news website Tabula were attacked on 12 January 2016 at a restaurant in the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi. They suffered minor injuries. The journalists believe they were attacked because of their criticism of Georgian TV journalists’ stand towards the Georgian Church. Allegedly, one of the attackers was shouting “Orthodoxy” during the attack. Prior to the attack, on his Tabula TV talk show, Levan Sutidze hosted individuals from different religious backgrounds. The police has launched an investigation but so far no arrests have been made.
06 Dec 2018: On 6 December 2018, considering that the investigation has been conducted by the Georgian authorities and that perpetrators were sentenced, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
18 Mar 2016
Reply from the Government of Georgia