The material in question was an episode of tv show “Accents of
the Week” where one of the hosts, Nika Gvaramia, blamed Dachi
Tsaguria in connections with the so called “thieves in law”. Dachi
Tsaguria thought that this was a false fact. During the hearing,
Gvaramia said that he had the information based on confidential
sources. Council thought that during TV show Gvaramia did not
specify that this was unverified information. It is also important
to mention that the information contained criminal violation
accusations and this type of information has different standards to
be shared. As Gvaramia said, one of the sources gave him the
information, which was not proved otherwise. Trustworthiness of the
source was not shown. Therefore, Charter concluded that the first
principle (accuracy) was violated.
Applicant and respondent attended the hearing.