YPC Weekly Newsletter

2003


CAMPAIGN STAFF OF ARTASHES GEGHAMIAN BOYCOTTING THE NEWSCAST OF THE PUBLIC TELEVISION OF ARMENIA AND "HAYOTS ASHKHAR" DAILY

On January 27 the letter of the head of the campaign staff of RA presidency candidate Artashes Geghamian, the RA National Assembly deputy Alexan Karapetian to the Chairman of the RA Central Electoral Commission Artak Sagradian was published (copies of the letter were also sent to the heads of OSCE and CIS observers’ missions, diplomatic missions in the country and Armenian journalists). The letter protests against the fact that Public Television of Armenia (PTA), beyond the air time limits, allocated for political advertising, "continues broadcasting programs in which RA presidency candidate Robert Kocharian is endorsed". The campaign staff was also bewildered by the answer of the Chairman of the Council of Public TV and Radio Company Alexan Harutyunian who had said that the free and paid political advertising, provided to presidency candidates and broadcast at 19.00-20.30 is not disseminated via satellite due to the poor quality of the video materials. Yet, as the letter notes, "the TV programs of much worse quality, containing the advertising of Robert Kocharian are spread via satellite at any time during the day". "All this means that the activities of the observer missions whose duty is to ensure the adherence to democratic values, has not yielded significant results as yet (…)", the letter of the head of campaign staff concludes.

The media have also published the communication of Alexan Karapetian, according to which the campaign staff of Artashes Geghamian has decided not to provide information to the PTA "Hailur" newscast and "Hayots Ashkhar" daily due to their partial attitude to the candidates and the obvious preference for the President in office.