YPC Weekly Newsletter

2002


THE NEW RULES IN THE ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT DID NOT LAST LONG

On September 9 the RA National Assembly passed an interesting decision: if a journalist leaves the session room during the work of the Parliament for whatever reason, he cannot re-enter the press sector any more until the break. Notably, the new rule perplexed not only the journalists but also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Issues Shavarsh Kocharian, who thought such tough regulations to be improper. "This is not a penitentiary, it is a National Assembly", Mr. Kocharian reminded the “public servants".

On September 10 the journalists accredited at RA NA addressed the Speaker Armen Khachatrian with a written request to revoke this decision. The request was satisfied. The representatives of "fourth estate" regained the freedom of movement.