YPC Weekly Newsletter

2009


HEARINGS ON THE CASE OF GENERAL PRODUCER OF PUBLIC TELEVISION VERSUS “HRAPARAK” DAILY STARTED

On October 13 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan started hearing the case on the suit to protect the honor and dignity of Hrach Keshishian, General Producer of Public Television of Armenia, versus the founder of “Hraparak” daily, “Hraparak Oratert” LLC. The plaintiff demands to oblige “Hraparak Oratert” to compensate the moral lose in the amount of 5 million AMD (about $ 13,000) and to cover the costs of the lawyer in the amount of 2 million AMD. The reason of the suit was the article “Je t’aime, Je t’aime” on the private life of Hrach Keshishian, published in “Hraparak” on July 18, 2009 and its announcement, published on the eve, July 17.

On the session of October 13 the judge divided the burden of evidence between the parties. The plaintiff has to prove that the pieces of “Hraparak” have discredited his honor and to justify the demanded sum. In its turn, the defendant has to prove the validity of the published information. The next hearing will take place on October 29.