STATEMENT: Ambassador Kelly’s Statement Regarding November 5 Developments Related to Rustavi 2 (November 6)

The Embassy is deeply concerned about developments late Thursday night related to Rustavi 2 management and ownership. Attempts to change the management of the station, in advance of the appeal process, have profound political implications. In a democratic society, critical opinions should be encouraged, not silenced.

We are committed to supporting Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We call on the government to uphold the principles of media freedom and political pluralism that are an integral part of those aspirations. At the same time, we urge all sides to refrain from violence and dedicate themselves to a peaceful resolution of the situation through dialogue.