YPC Weekly Newsletter

2007


THE CAR OF THE FOOTBALL COMMENTER THIS TIME BURNT TO ASHES

In the early morning of January 30 the car of football commenter, the founder of “Football Plus” weekly Suren Baghdasarian caught fire. The fire started in a garage next to the house where the journalist lives. As “Football Plus” reported on January 31, between 4 and 5 o’clock in the morning a strong explosion was heard from the garage that pushed its gates off. Though the brigades that arrived managed to extinguish the fire, the Toyota-Prado that Suren Baghdasarian owned burned completely. The newspaper quoted Suren Baghdasarian who “refrained from comment over the incident or sharing suspicions”: “I only want to say that unfortunately in our country journalists have no right to have luxury cars, and, besides, it was re-established that the profession of a journalist is indeed one of the most dangerous and our security is not guaranteed.”

A similar incident occurred to the journalist almost a year ago: in the evening of February 7, 2006 the same Toyota-Prado ignited next to the editorial office of “Football Plus” (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, February 3-9, 2006). The damage made to the car was repaired, yet this time only its skeleton survived after the fire. The investigation held then did not reveal the offenders.