Since March 1, 2008 a state of emergency has been introduced in Yerevan to
last 20 days. The Decree of the RA President on the state of emergency stipulates,
in particular, that “the media publications on state and inner political issues
can be made exclusively within official information, released by state bodies”.
On March 13 the Decree was amended. In particular, this sub-clause referring
to the media, was re-defined: “The media are prohibited from publishing
or disseminating information on state and inner political issues, which is deliberately
untrue or destabilizing, or appeals to take part in events held with no prior
notice (illegally), as well as publication or dissemination of such information
or appeals in any other way or form.” The amendments introduced to the Decree
will come into force on March 14, 2008.
Hence, Yerevan Press Club Weekly Newsletter to this day is unable to cover
a number of its traditional subjects and will address the developments of March
1-13 in the next issue.