YPC Weekly Newsletter

2010


INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTIC ORGANIZATIONS ADHERE TO THE ACTIONS TO SUPPORT NIKOL PASHINIAN

On December 3 the Russian Center for Extreme Journalism announced about its decision to uphold the international solidarity action to support Nikol Pashinian, Chief Editor of “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily. As it has been reported, on January 19, 2010 the court of first jurisdiction found Nikol Pashinian guilty in mass riots of March 1, 2008 in Yerevan, and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment. On March 9, 2010 the Criminal Court of Appeal, by applying an amnesty on Nikol Pashinian, cut down his unexpired term of imprisonment by half. During his detention at “Kosh” penitentiary a number of incidents happened to Nikol Pashinian. In the end of November he was transferred to “Artik” penitentiary (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 26 – December 2, 2010). On December 2 the US Center to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called the Armenian authorities to undertake an investigation of the incidents. It also urged the heads of the penitentiary systems to ensure the security of Nikol Pashinian.