YPC Weekly Newsletter

2004


STATE OFFICIAL VERSUS “DELOVOY EXPRESS”

On March 15, at the court of primary jurisdiction of Arabkir and Kanaker-Zeytun
communities of Yerevan, legal proceedings started on the suit of a member of
RA State Commission on Protection of Economic Competition, Artashes Bakhshian
versus “Delovoy Express” business weekly.

The conflict broke out after the publication in the newspaper (#39, September
25 – October 2, 2003) of an interview with Artashes Bakhshian. According to
Chief Editor of “Delovoy Express”, Edward Naghdalian, the interview was very
extensive and its content -“shocking”. Therefore, the article was abridged and
provided with editorial comments. Afterwards, Artashes Bakhshian called the
editorial office and declared that the content of the interview was distorted
as a result of editorial interference. The parties did not come to agreement,
and Artashes Bakhshian applied to the court with a claim obligating the weekly
to publish the interview in full. Chief Editor noted that the editorial office
was willing to meet this requirement but only through court decision.

At the first session of the court the parties were suggested to reconcile and
to think it over in the time period provided.