YPC Weekly Newsletter

2008


PROBLEMS OF REGIONS ON THE AIR OF FIVE TV CHANNELS

This week on the air of five regional TV channels a final program cycle, dealing
with presidential elections in Armenia, was broadcast. As it has been reported,
this project of Yerevan Press Club, supported by the UNDP, involved the following
TV companies: “Tsayg” (Gyumri, Shirak region), STV1 (Sevan, Gegharkunik region), “Sosi”
(Kapan, Syunik region), “Lori” (Vanadzor, Lori region), “Ankyun+3”
(Alaverdi, Lori region). Each of the TV channels listed produced a talk show,
broadcast also by all the others. All the programs have the same subject: how
adequately the problems of regions are raised in the beginning of the election
campaign and how they are reflected in the rhetoric of the election process
participants. The second subject of discussion centered on various aspects of
the process, too. Three talk shows were aired in December 2007 (see YPC Weekly
Newsletter, December 14-20,
2007
). The last two talk shows were prepared by “Lori” and “Ankyun+3” TV
channels. The second subject for discussion on “Lori” was the awareness of the
voters regarding the platforms of the candidates, on “Ankyun+3” – whether democratic
procedures and freedoms are observed in the regions, in particular, the freedom
of expression, freedom of assembly.

The problems raised in talk shows will become subjects for debates between
presidential candidates, their representatives. The debates under this YPC project
will be aired since January 23 on “Yerkir Media” TV channel.