On October 18 on the evening air of the Second Armenian TV Channel the second
show of “Press Club” cycle was broadcast. The cycle is organized by Yerevan
Press Club under “Strengthening Democracy by Free Expression in South Caucasus”
project, implemented jointly with “Article 19” international organization with
the assistance of Open Society Institute.
This time the focus of attention of the heads of the leading media and journalistic
associations of the country was on the recent abuse of the rights of journalists
and media, related to attacks on the representatives of “the fourth estate”
on professional duty. The subject of discussion referred, in particular, to
the incidents of violence against journalists covering the opposition rallies
in Yerevan on April 5 and the night of April 12-13, the attack the correspondents
of “Photolure” news agency and “Aravot” daily on August 24 in Tsaghkadzor as
well as the assault on the Chief Editor of “Syunyats Yerkir” regional newspaper
on October 13 in Kapan. The second subject raised was to the hotly debated event
– the official registration of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” religious organization
in Armenia on October 8.