Two legal actions to be brought against GPB board
Members of the Georgian Public Broadcaster`s (GPB) initiative group walked out of the board`s meeting on protest today.
"Our demand remains the same - we declare definitive distrust to the board. If this board stays, it`s all finished for us as well as the whole community. Georgia will never develop if this board says", Ms. Nino Zautashvili, the initiative group member said.
The chair of the board made later explanations regarding the law.
"The current law of Georgia does not allow revising this kind of decision [dismissing director general of GPB]. The only legitimate way to change the March 4 decision is if any involved person appeals against the decision", Levan Gakheladze said.
Two actions are expected to be brought against the board`s decision in court. Former Director General Giorgi Baratashvili intends to reestablish himself at the former position with legal assistance of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.
"I did not expect today the board to make any reasonable decision. They had no right to make this decision as it needs legal confirmation. As I know they did not have this kind of legal confirmation and they were not able to present any law which would forbid them revising the decision", he said.
The initiative group also intends to bring an action in court against the board with legal assistance of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association as well. The head of the NGO said after the meeting with the initiative group members that according to the law, only 9 out of the 15 board members were not enough to make the decision of dismissing the director general.
The chair of the parliament also promised today help to the initiative group members.
"Purpose of the parliament is that the GPB become free from the control and influence of the former authorities and do not fall under control and influence of representatives of teh new authorities", Davit Usupashvili said.
The parliament intends to make amendments to the law on GPB. The draft law was initiated at the meeting of the parliamentary committee for education and culture.