YPC Weekly Newsletter

2013


CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS FOR IMPEDING PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES OF A JOURNALIST

In the evening of January 30, at the auto pound of Yerevan Traffic Police an incident occurred with photojournalist Gagik Shamshian. In the journalist’s account, he arrived at the pound to shoot the cars, delivered by the police officers from the site of the accident. According to Shamshian, he was insulted and threatened by the owner of one of the cars, a certain R.S., when he was noticed taking photos. The police officers present at the site detained R.S. Thus, criminal proceedings were instituted on charges of Articles 164 (“Impeding the Legitimate Professional Activities of a Journalist”) and 258 (“Public Disorder”) of RA Criminal Code. Gagik Shamshian also reported that he is recognized victim in the case, and that a preventive measure of arrest for two months was applied towards R.S., taking into account his other actions.