YPC Weekly Newsletter

2007


ARMENIA AND ITS NEIGHBORS: INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION IN ODZUN

On September 28-30 in Odzun (Lori region) “Reflection of the Relations of Armenia
with Its Neighbor Countries in Armenian Media” seminar was held. The event was
organized by Yerevan Press Club under the project “Karabagh Issue and Armenian-Turkish
Relations in the Pre-Election Rhetoric of Armenian Political Figures”, supported
by Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The seminar brought together the representatives
of the leading print and broadcast media of the country.

The interactive discussion developed around three major subjects: parliamentary
elections in Turkey and their influence on the situation in the region; prospects
of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and the resolution of Mountainous Karabagh
problem; possible scenarios of regional development and the place of Armenia
in them. The journalists presented the situation in each of their media: how
frequently it addresses the given issue, whether it has distinct policy for
its coverage, to what extent journalists/authors have a right to express a viewpoint,
different from the editorial stance. The discussions were wrapped up respectively
by the YPC project coordinator Anna Simonian, the head of the Analytical Center
of Globalization and Regional Cooperation Stepan Grigorian and the observer
of “Golos Armenii” newspaper Ruben Margarian.