YPC Weekly Newsletter

2003


THE COURT REJECTED THE SUIT OF THE HEAD OF “ARMENIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA” VERSUS THE CORRESPONDENT OF “ARAVOT” NEWSPAPER

On October 14 at the court of primary jurisdiction of Center and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan the hearing of the suit of Chief Editor and director of “Armenian Encyclopedia” publishing house Hovhannes Ayvazian versus the correspondent of “Aravot” newspaper Satik Seyranian “on the rejection of information discrediting the honor and dignity of the citizen in the media”. The reason for the litigation was the article of Satik Seyranian “When the Institution Has No Master”, published in two issues of “Aravot” daily (September 9 and 10, 2003). The article told in particular about the sale of the building of “Armenian Encyclopedia” to one of Armenian banks, and in the opinion of the author the fault here rests not only with the government but also the management of the publishing house. The story also told about the waste of the assets of the publishing house by its head. On September 13 “Aravot” published the letter by Hovhannes Ayvazian, where the Chief Editor and Director of “Armenian Encyclopedia” called all the facts cited in the article fictitious and demanded the author to make a public apology, otherwise “the discussion will continue in court”. In the comment to the letter Satik Seyranian wrote that not only she is not going to apologize to the head of the publishing house but is also ready to present additional facts.

At the court session Hovhannes Ayvazian demanded that the journalist present these very additional facts to the court. This demand exceeded the suit. The court ruled to reject the suit.