Please join the Harriman Institute and The Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism for a conversation with Nika Gvaramia. Moderated by Keith Gessen.
Nika Gvaramia is a founder of Georgia's primary opposition television network, Mtavari Arkhi, and is a leading voice against the influence of Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine across the Caucasus. He will be joining us for this event just before the major award ceremony and gala dinner in New York on November 16 to receive the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), recognizing his contributions to promote press freedom, freedom of expression and democratic ideals in Georgia.
Gvaramia's fight for press freedoms in Georgia landed him in prison with a 3.5-year sentence orchestrated by Moscow-leaning supporters of Georgia’s ruling political party. The European Parliament and U.S. Helsinki Commission along with CPJ and other human rights and press freedom organizations denounced his imprisonment. After international calls and CPJ's visit to the prison site where Gvaramia was being held in June, the Georgian president pardoned him. Gvaramia says that new mission is to counter Russian influence in Georgia and across the Caucasus and oppose Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.