On May 15 and 16 two national dailies “Azg” and “Aravot” and during subsequent days the local newspapers “Loru Marz” (Lori region), “Talin Ashkhar” (Talin, Aragatsotn region) and "Kumayri” (Gyumri, Shirak region) were published with an insert “Religious Minorities”. The special issue was prepared by the London-based Media Diversity Institute (MDI) with the support of European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands under the MDI South Caucasus project “Empowerment of Minorities and Media Development”, the Armenian partner of which is Yerevan Press Club.
The team project for reporting on religious minorities in Armenia was implemented by a group of 8 representatives of national and regional media of the country on May 1-14 and was the practical follow-up to MDI seminar in Yerevan “Covering Diversity: Making the Difference” (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, April 30 – May 6, 2004). With the guidance from the international and local editors Alistair Crington (Deputy Chief Editor of “Cyprus Mail” newspaper) and Tatul Hakobian (observer of “Azg”) journalists prepared a series of articles on various religious communities of Armenia.
The total print run of the insert made 12,000 copies in Armenian and 1,000 copies in English languages.