YPC Weekly Newsletter

2006


MEDIA AND ELECTIONS: SEMINARS IN VANADZOR AND GYUMRI

On October 14 in Vanadzor (Lori region) and on October 15 in Gyumri (Shirak
region) seminars “Media, Legislation and Elections” were organized by Yerevan
Press Club under “Strengthening Advocacy Potential and Networking of Journalistic
Associations of Armenia” project, supported by Open Society Institute. Representatives
of media of Lori and Shirak regions took part in the seminars.

Ahead of the upcoming elections in 2007/2008 the Editor of YPC Weekly Newsletter
Elina Poghosbekian presented the lessons learned from the media coverage of
elections campaigns, in particular, the presidential, parliamentary elections
of 2003 and the Constitution referendum of 2005. The work of media of Lori and
Shirak regions during the referendum and the elections to local self-administration
bodies was analyzed by the President of Vanadzor Press Club Artur Sakunts and
the Chairman of the Board of “Asparez” Journalist’s Club of Gyumri Levon Barseghian,
respectively. The presentation of YPC President Boris Navasardian was dealing
with the role and targets of media, journalistic associations during the imminent
election campaigns. YPC Expert Mesrop Harutiunian discussed the media legislation,
dwelling in particular on the package of draft laws on broadcasting, recently
developed by the Government and submitted to the Parliament.