Media experts are emphasizing the possible misinterpretation of the decision of the Strasbourg Court. They hope that the European Court will make a decision complying with democratic standards.
"I have no doubt that the Strasbourg Court will find a violation of the right to a fair trial against Rustavi 2, and our government may try to interpret it and try to change the owner in this period, but if it happens, we all will protect Rustavi 2 TV, "said Nino Jangirashvili, general director of Kavkasia TV. Executive Director of Media Development Fund Tamar Kintsurashvili speaks about the threat of the wrong interpretation.
"There is a danger that the authorities may misinterpret this decision, so it is important to mobilize people for whom it is important to maintain a pluralistic environment in the country," said the Executive Director of Media Development Fund,Tamar Kintsurashvili.
Sulkhan Saladze, chairman of the Georgian Young Lawyers" Association, says that now everyone should wait for Strasbourg"s decision, but it is of paramount importance that no one can change the editorial policy of the TV company.
"One thing that I can say is that in any case Rustavi 2 should have a guarantee that nobody will attempt to change editorial independence and policy of the channel, this is Rustavi 2"s decision itself and in any interference or attempt to change editorial policy will negatively affect the state of the media in the country, "Sulkhan Saladze declares.