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OUR DEAR COLLEAGUE ARMEN NIKOGHOSYAN PASSED AWAY

December 21, 2014 It is with deep sadness and sorrow that Yerevan Press Club informs you of the untimely death of our Armen Nikoghosyan – a loss that our minds and souls still refuse to accept. We were together since the very beginning of our organization. We worked, we shared happiness and disappointment with each […]

COURT PARTIALLY SECURED THE LAWSUIT OF “INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS” ON COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

On December 17, court of general jurisdiction rendered a precedent-setting ruling on the lawsuit filed by “Investigative Journalists” NGO versus the founder of 1in.am. As we have reported, the reason for bringing the legal action were eight pieces of Hetq.am, the online edition of “Investigative Journalists”, which had been reprinted by 1in.am without proper citing. […]

BAN ON COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC TV INTRODUCED

On December 17, at the extraordinary session the National Assembly of Armenia adopted in the second reading and finally the amendments to the RA Laws “On Television and Radio” and “On Advertising”. The amendments introduce a ban on commercial advertising on the Public Television of Armenia (PTA). As we have reported, this legislative initiative was […]

OPEN LETTER TO OMBUDSMAN ON HOMOPHOBIC PIECE

Representatives of 16 NGOs, challenging the homophobic piece by the Chief Editor of “Iravunk” newspaper, forwarded an open letter to Karen Andreasian, the Human Rights Defender of Armenia. The letter expressed concern about the court decision that rejected the defamation lawsuit against the newspaper’s founder and Chief Editor. As we have reported, on October 30, […]

COURT SECURED THE LAWSUIT OF “INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS” VS MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

On December 8, the Administrative Court of Armenia fully secured the lawsuit filed by “Investigative Journalists” NGO against the RA Ministry of Environmental Protection. As we have reported, “Investigative Journalists” requested the Ministry of Environment to provide information for journalistic investigation conducted by the NGO on trafficking of the animals, listed in the International Red […]

INFORMATION DISPUTES COUNCIL: “NO MECHANISM OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH PROTECTION APPLIES TO HATE SPEECH”

On December 9, the Information Disputes Council released an opinion regarding the court ruling on the defamation lawsuit filed by 16 NGO representatives versus the founder of “Iravunk” newspaper, “Iravunk Media” LLC, and the newspaper Chief Editor Hovhannes Galajian. As we have reported, the reason for the class action was the homophobic piece by Hovhannes […]

MEDIA NGOS: DIGITALIZATION PROCESS NEEDS TO BE BETTER REGULATED

MP Edmon Marukian turned to the Armenian Government with a written request in which he expressed his concern about regional TV companies that have licenses for broadcast in analogue, but face a danger of being closed down in connection with Armenia’s transition to digital broadcasting. Panorama.am, referring to the press service of the MP’s office, […]

COURT PROCEEDING ON THE CASE OF NIGHT CLUB VS “ARAVOT” DAILY STARTED

On December 5, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan started hearing the defamation lawsuit filed by “M.Gevorgian” LLC, the owner of a Yerevan night club, versus “Aravot” daily and its correspondent Nelly Babayan. As we have reported, the lawsuit disputes two pieces by Nelly Babayan, “Pedestrian Underpass Is […]

MP’S BODYGUARD HIT JOURNALIST’S CAMERA

On December 4, at the entrance to the National Assembly of Armenia an incident occurred between correspondent of “Hraparak” daily and bodyguard of Ashot Aghababian, MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia. The incident took place during a protest action against the ratification of the agreement on Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union […]

HEARINGS ON PRECEDENT-SETTING DISPUTE BETWEEN MEDIA OUTLETS ENDED

On December 3, the Court of General Jurisdiction ended hearing the lawsuit  filed by “Investigative Journalists” NGO versus the founder of  www.1in.am, “Skizb Media Kentron” LLC. As we have reported, the reason for bringing the legal action were eight pieces of Hetq.am, the online edition of “Investigative Journalists”, which had been reprinted by 1in.am without […]

FREEDOM HOUSE AGAIN LISTED ARMENIA AS A COUNTRY WITH FREE INTERNET

On December 2, international human rights organization Freedom House published its fifth annual report “Freedom on the Net” in 2013-2014. The Freedom House comprehensive study covered developments in 65 countries that occurred between May 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. The level of Internet freedom – obstacles to access, limits on content and violations of […]

HATE SPEECH AND INFORMATION WAR: A CHALLENGE TO QUALITY JOURNALISM

On November 22-25, Batumi hosted conference “Hate Speech And Information War: a Challenge to Quality Journalism”, organized by Deutsche Welle Academie. Representatives of media and journalistic organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine took part in the conference. Results of monitoring “Hate Speech in the Media of South Caucasus”, administered on October 1-31, 2014, were […]

MEDIA NOT ADMITTED TO FAREWELL CEREMONY OF ARMENIAN PEACEKEEPERS

In the early morning of November 27, a group of Armenian serviceman departed for Lebanon to serve as part of UN peacekeeping forces. However, instead of “reporting on the participation of the Armenian blue helmets in protecting the civilians of Lebanon, journalists had to face the bureaucratic apparatus”, News.am wrote. According to News.am, the security […]

WHY WOULD MONKEYS INTEREST THE PUBLIC?

On November 24, the Administrative Court of Armenia ended hearing the lawsuit filed by “Investigative Journalists” NGO against the RA Ministry of Environmental Protection with the demand to provide information. As we have reported, in October 2013 “Investigative Journalists” requested the Ministry of Environment to provide information for journalistic investigation conducted by the NGO, on […]

KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE?

The recent summon of Lusineh Khachatrian, correspondent of Epress.am, to the Special Investigative Service (SIS) of Armenia because of her call to a protester caused concern of Armenian journalistic community. On November 18, Armenian Service of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe addressed this issue in the piece “Journalists in Spotlight of Law Enforcement Agencies”. As we […]

CRIMINAL COURT OF APPEAL REJECTED COMPLAINT OF JOURNALIST

On November 20, the RA Criminal Court of Appeal rejected the complaint of Ani Gevorgian, correspondent of “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” newspaper, appealing against the decision of the Special Investigation Service of Armenia to terminate the criminal case against the police officers involved in February 12 incident. As we have reported, on February 12, Ani Gevorgian and […]

THE 11TH SOUTH CAUCASUS MEDIA CONFERENCE RECOMMENDS

The 11th South Caucasus Media Conference on “Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Age”, organized by the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, took place recently in Tbilisi. More than 70 journalists, representatives of government, civil society and academia from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, along with international experts from Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, […]

PROPAGANDA IS POWER

On November 3, “The Voice of Russia” started broadcasting in Armenia on FM 106.0. Radio station is a joint project of “The Voice of Russia” and “News-Armenia” (both part of “Russia Today” international multimedia news agency) and positions itself as a radio specializing on news and analysis. “Radio station is meant to become a catalyst […]

THIRTY NGOS CONDEMN COURT DECISION TO DISMISS THE LAWSUIT AGAINST HOMOPHOBIC PIECE

On November 5, thirty Armenian NGOs, including Yerevan Press Club, “Asparez”,  Journalists’ Club, “EcoLur”, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office, issued a statement condemning court decision to dismiss the lawsuit disputing the homophobic piece by the Chief Editor of “Iravunk” newspaper. As we have reported, on October 30 the Court of General […]

LAWSUIT AGAINST HOMOPHOBIC PIECE DISMISSED

On October 30, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan dismissed a defamation lawsuit of 16 NGO representatives versus the founder of “Iravunk” newspaper, “Iravunk Media” LLC, and the newspaper Chief Editor Hovhannes Galajian. As we have reported, the reason for the class action was the homophobic piece by […]

SEVERAL GYUMRI MEDIA BOYCOTT ARMENIAN PRESIDENT’S VISIT TO THEIR CITY

On October 21, Levon Barseghian, Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalists’ Club of Gyumri, called on the local media to boycott the visit of RA President Serzh Sargsian to Gyumri, Shirak region, scheduled for the following day. Levon Barseghian urged his colleagues not to cover President’s visit (including in the future), because Serzh Sargsian has not […]

AUTHOR OF THE HOMOPHOBIC ARTICLE AND HIS LAWYER SHARE THE SAME OPINION

On October 20, court of general jurisdiction continued hearings of the class action lawsuit against the homophobic article by the Chief Editor of “Iravunk” newspaper. As we have reported, on August 21, Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan began the trial on the lawsuit filed by representatives of 16 […]

MEDIA FREEDOM INDEX: ARMENIA LAGS BEHIND GEORGIA AND MOLDOVA AND SWITCHES PLACES WITH UKRAINE

On October 17 in Yerevan, Yerevan Press Club presented the results of the Media Freedom Index  (for the period of January-March and April-June 2014) in the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The research is carried out in the framework of the “ENP East Media Freedom Watch” project, which is […]

TRANSITION TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

On October 16, round table discussion on switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting was held in Yerevan. According to timeline by the RA Government, digital broadcasting will be introduced in Armenia within the first six months of 2015 (in the first quarter in test mode). Amendments to the broadcasting legislation, adopted in June 2013, foresee […]

ANI GEVORGIAN PROVIDED SIS WITH THE FOOTAGE OF THE INCIDENT NEAR THE POLICE STATION AND CHALLENGED THE COURT RULING ON FEBRUARY 12 INCIDENT

The RA Special Investigation Service (SIS) continues the investigation of June 23   incident near the Kentron Police Department of Yerevan, wherein journalists’ professional activities were obstructed. As we have reported, on June 23, 2014 journalists together with dozens of people were waiting near the Kentron Police Department for the release of activists detained earlier that […]

DAY OF ARMENIAN PRESS CELEBRATED FOR THE TENTH TIME

On October 16, media community of the country celebrated the Day of Armenian Press for the tenth time. The professional holiday was established by the RA Government decree in 2004. It replaced the Day of the Press Worker, which had been in place up to that point. The holiday commemorates the first Armenian periodical, “Azdarar” […]

MONUMENT TO JOURNALIST UNVEILED IN YEREVAN

On October 13, monument to journalist was unveiled in one of the parks of Nor Nork community of Yerevan. The sculpture represents a man with a photo camera passing through a wall, and, as the inscription accompanying the monument reads, symbolizes “a fearless, incorruptible person, devoted to the motherland”, and represents “the real history of […]

INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE TAKES THE CASE AND…

On October 8, the RA Investigative Committee (newly established independent investigative body, not subordinated to any governmental institution) announced on its Facebook page about  the initiation of a criminal case on the incident between Taguhi Hovhannisian, correspondent of “Haikakan Zhamanak” daily, and Artyusha Karapetian, the leader of the Armenian community of Kazakhstan. As we have […]

SIS IS AGAIN ENTRUSTED WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF ATTACK ON JOURNALIST BY HEAD OF THE PARLIAMENT SECURITY SERVICE

On October 7, the RA Prosecutor’s Office informed that the Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanian canceled the decision of the RA Special Investigation Service (SIS), which had previously refused to initiate a criminal case for impeding the work of Marineh Khachatrian, correspondent of “A1+” TV company, on  part of Karen Hayrapetian, Chief of Security Service of […]

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION NAMED THE MOST OPEN AND CLOSED OFFICIAL WEBSITES

On October 7, Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression presented the results of the monitoring of the RA public authorities’ websites, held by the journalistic organization to assess the level of information transparency of state agencies. The study is being carried out with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation and covers the period from April […]

JOURNALISTIC ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND TO STOP IMPUNITY

On September 29, seven media NGOs of Armenia, including Yerevan Press Club, issued a statement condemning the decision of the RA Special Investigation Service (SIS) on the cases related to impeding professional activities of journalists. The journalistic organizations mentioned two high-profile cases investigated by SIS: the incident which took place on September 9 at the […]

OSCE REPRESENTATIVE ON FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA URGES TO PUT AN END TO ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS

On September 30, Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, called on the Armenian authorities to end the climate of impunity and to bring to justice those responsible for attacks on journalists. In a letter to RA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, dealing with the September 19 incident between Taguhi Hovhannisian, correspondent of “Haikakan […]

ANI GEVORGIAN’S COMPLAINT AGAINST THE SIS DECISION IS REJECTED

On September 30, the Court of General Jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash Administrative Districts of Yerevan rejected the complaint by Ani Gevorgian,  correspondent of “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” newspaper. The journalist challenged the decision of the RA Special Investigation Service to dismiss the criminal case against police officers who obstructed her journalistic activities and used force against […]

MP ACCUSES JOURNALISTS OF FUELING PROTESTS

Ashot Aghababian,  MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and owner of the shopping center “Hrazdan”, claims that journalists and the opposition are responsible of instigating merchants to come out and protest. Over the past several days, representatives of small and medium business are holding protests in Yerevan with hundreds of people. The protesters […]

OMBUDSMAN DRAWS CONCLUSIONS

On October 2, at the RA National Assembly Human Rights Defender of Armenia Karen Andreasian presented the annual report on his activities and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country in 2013 (see at http://ombuds.am/ in the section “Annual Report”). One of the chapters of the report is on the National Commission […]

LAURA BAGHDASARIAN: “ARMENIAN JOURNALISTS TRUST SOCIAL NETWORKS”

On October 2, Research Center “Region” presented the results of their study “Social Media as a Source of Public Information for the Armenian Media: Standards Shaped and Practice Applied” conducted in the frameworks of the project, supported by OSCE Office in Yerevan. The study is based on a survey among 100 journalists/media executives from 50 […]

GOLDEN KEYS AND RUSTY LOCKS FROM FOI CENTER

The Freedom of Information Center announced the recipients of its annual “Golden Key and Rusty Lock” Awards for the 12th time. The award ceremony was dedicated to the International Right to Know Day, celebrated on September 28. Traditionally, Golden Keys are awarded to individuals and organizations demonstrating openness and transparency in their activities or promoting […]