YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


EMPLOYEE OF “HAIKAKAN ZHAMANAK” WAS RETAINED BY THE MILITARY POLICE

On February 24 “Haikakan Zhamanak” newspaper published an article “Now the
Military Police. Was a New Bug Being Installed?”, reporting that on Saturday
February 21 at one of the Yerevan streets an employee of the daily, the Executive
Editor Hrach Hakobian, was detained. As the article noted, Hrach Hakobian was
taken to the RA Military Police, where he was kept for 9 hours. As “Haikakan
Zhamanak” writes, representatives of the Military Police tried to determine
whether Hrach Hakobian was in contact with some personality wanted by the police.
During Hakobian’s stay at the Police, the article goes on saying, his personal
belongings were seized, including the keys to the editorial office and the mobile
phone. Quoting other details of what had happened, “Haikakan Zhamanak” supposed
that “the force structures had implemented some planned operation” against the
daily.