Journalist of news portal violated Charter's first principle

The article in question was: “Temur Khubuluri: Judo players should not stand in the street, they have to be in the hall, on tatami”. Article said that the judo athlete demonstration was organized by the parliament member Shota Khabareli. Applicant denied that this was true. Charter got a response from ITV in public (published on the web site), where they showed that they concluded that the demonstration was organized by Shota Khabareli based on different people’s personal opinions. None of the sources contained verified information; therefore, Charter Council concluded the violation of the first principle (accuracy).

Applicant representatives attended the hearing. Applicant answered the questions via phone call as well. representative did not attend the hearing or provide a name of the material’s author. Nika Gurini’s concerns were answered on their webpage.