YPC Weekly Newsletter

2012


COURT OF CASSATION UPHELD RULING ON SUIT OF COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION VERSUS MINISTRY OF HEALTH

On June 22 Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) received the ruling of RA Court of Cassation on the complaint of RA Ministry of Health regarding the April 4, 2012 ruling of RA Administrative Court of Appeal. As it has been reported, on February 11, 2011 CPFE inquired the Ministry of Health information about journalists, who had been accredited or refused of accreditation. Not receiving an answer, on March 25, 2011 CPFE addressed the court, demanding to hold the actions of the Ministry unlawful and bind it with replying to the inquiry (later on, the second claim was lifted, since the respondent had provided with the requested information). On November 30, 2011 RA Administrative Court secured the suit, holding the actions of the Ministry unlawful (see details in “On Freedom of Speech in Armenia” Yerevan Press Club report for 2011 at http://ypc.am/about_freedom/ln/eng). The Ministry had contested the ruling at the Administrative Court of Appeal, which revoked the complaint on April 4, 2012. On May 2, 2012 the Ministry of Health addressed to the RA Court of Cassation.

On June 6 the Court of Cassation confirmed the ruling of the second court jurisdiction.