Communications Commission issues Mtavari Arkhi with a Warning for blocking Political Advertising
The Communications Commission has upheld the complaint submitted by the Political Union of Citizens Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia and issued Mtavari Arkhi with a written warning for violating the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting. The broadcaster refused to place free political advertising for Georgian Dream during the second round of the elections, thereby violating the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting and the Election Code of Georgia.
Mtavari Arkhi had been informed about the schedule and principles for broadcasting free political advertising during the second round of the elections. To this end, the Communications Commission sent a notification to the broadcaster on 3 November, reminding them of their duties under the Law. A second letter was sent to the broadcaster on 16 November. Although the Commission twice reminded Mtavari Arkhi of its duties, the broadcaster failed to take this into account, violating Article 451.10 (a) of the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting and Article 761.21 of the Election Code of Georgia.
The Commission issued Mtavari Arkhi with a written warning, taking into account that the broadcaster had not committed a similar violation during the previous year.