YPC Weekly Newsletter

2008
May 2-8
“PRESS CLUB” SUPPLEMENT ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

On May 3 “Yerkir Media” aired the last program of the talk-show cycle dealing with various aspects of professional ethics and produced by Yerevan Press Club with the support of OSCE Office in Yerevan. The talk shows were aired as supplement to “Press Club” TV program.

The guests of the program host, the YPC President Boris Navasardian, were the correspondent of the Armenian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Ruzan Khachatrian, the Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalist’s Club of Gyumri Levon Barseghian, the head of the news service of the Public Radio of Armenia Artur Sahakian. The program was devoted to World Press Freedom Day and its subject was the proportion of the freedom and accountability of journalists.

FOUR JOURNALISTIC ASSOCIATIONS NAMED “THE TIME FOR FREEDOM OF PRESS” AWARDEE IN 2008

On May 3 at the Journalists Union of Armenia the ceremony of presenting “The Time for Freedom of Press” award was held in celebration of the World Press Freedom Day. The award was established in 2006 by the four journalistic associations - Yerevan Press Club, Internews Media Support NGO, Journalists Union of Armenia and the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.

In 2008, the winner of “The Time for Freedom of Press” award became the Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalist’s Club of Gyumri Levon Barseghian - for the consistent protection of media freedom. He received a certificate and a traditional gift of watch.

The message on World Press Freedom Day of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses alarm at the increased attacks on journalists all over the world, lack of throughout investigation and prosecution of these crimes.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Miklos Haraszti in his statement on May 3 also noted the rising violence targeting journalists in several OSCE countries and the fact that such actions were conducted with impunity, resulting in “censorship by violence”. “In the past year we saw deterioration in two crucial dimensions of press freedom - the physical security of journalists, and the legal protections of critical speech”, Miklos Haraszti stressed. "In revenge for critical coverage, or because of attempts to prevent it, journalists have suffered physical violence ranging from beatings to murders in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ", the statement of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media said in particular.

PRESS DISSEMINATION AGENCY “DISLIKED” A PIECE IN “HRAPARAK”, AND THE NEWSPAPER DID NOT COME OUT TO THE STANDS

On May 3 “Press Stand” press dissemination agency did not deliver “Hraparak” newspaper to newspaper stands. The editorial, published in the next issue and titled “Armenia the Country of Censors” (“Hraparak of May 6, 2008), reported the agency management “disliked” one of the pieces published, mentioning “Sovrano” company that belongs to the owners of “Press Stand”. Having reminded that according to the agreement, the functions of “Press Stand” include only the delivery of “Hraparak” to newspaper stands and not “the role of a censor who decides - upon reading the contents of the issue - that its dissemination should be prevented”, the newspaper qualified the situation as “a classical example of obstructing the freedom of press, the work of journalists”, i.e., a criminal offence. The newspaper also announced it was ready to protect its rights and readers by all legal means. The issue of May 6 re-published the article which, in the opinion of the editorial office, was “disliked” by the press dissemination agency.

“NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER” IN ARMENIAN LAUNCHED

On May 5 in Yerevan the presentation of “National Geographic Traveler” magazine pilot issue in Armenian was held. It is expected that the magazine will be published 6 times a year with a print run of 10,000 copies. The founder and the publisher of the magazine is “Patker” LLC. The Chief Editor is photo journalist Ruben Mangasarian. The magazine has also established "National Geographic Traveler-Armenia" Club. The Club members, the readers of the magazine, will be able to travel the routes and visit the sights of Armenia that are featured in the magazine articles published or yet to be published.

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Editor of YPC Newsletter - Elina POGHOSBEKIAN