YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


STATEMENT OF JOURNALISTS REPORTING ON “THE CASE OF SEVEN”

On January 9 correspondents of “Chorrord Ishkhanutiun”, “Aravot”, “Haikakan
Zhamanak”, “Taregir”, “Zhamanak” newspapers, “A1+” TV company released a statement
regarding the obstacles that they face in covering the trial on “The Case of
Seven” (the separate trial of the case of seven supporters of the RA First President
Levon Ter-Petrosian, charged with the organization of mass disorders and attempts
for violent seizure of power). At the hearing of the case that started on December
19, 2008 in the court building of Shengavit community of Yerevan, the statement
of the journalists stresses, the judge at chair, “with the consent of all parties
ruled to make no restrictions on the activities of media – reporting on the
court session, being present in the court room, making video, audio and photo
records”. However, the statement goes on saying, at the subsequent three sessions
the court bailiffs either did not allow the reporters in the courtroom, offering
them to follow the process by monitors in a designated room, or let in selectively,
prohibiting the journalists from having recording equipment on them.

Qualifying the occurrence as obstruction of journalistic activities, violation
of the RA Constitution and RA Law “On Mass Communication”, the signatories called
on the relevant bodies to ensure the necessary conditions for their work, not
to restrict the right of journalists and society to complete and comprehensive
information on the trial.

The statement of the journalists was joined by the editorial staff of “Hraparak”
daily.