The dispute concerned the material prepared on the property owned
by judges, among them the houses of the applicant, Mamia Pkhakadze.
The material in question created suspicion that the judges acquired
a fortune through corruptive activities. In the presentation part,
the journalist declared that viewers were going to see the luxury
houses of the judges, including Mamia Pkhakadze's residential
houses. It was also said that Mamia Pkhakadze lives in a
millionaires’ neighbourhood. Both parties were presented at the
hearing. Nodar Meladze told the Council that Mamia Pkhakadze was
mentioned in the material as he is the Chairman of the City Court.
Nodar Meladze could not explain why he considered Mamia Pkhakadze’s
residence a luxury house or the residential area as the
millionaires’ neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Pkhakadze presented the
counter arguments – he had purchased 1 sq.m land plot for $30 and
spent 87 000 GEL for the construction of the house, and this in the
light of the fact that the income of Pkhakadze and his spouse
exceeds 100 000 GEL annually according to their asset
After considering the case, the Council found the violation of the
First (accuracy) and Third (concealing of facts) Principles.