YPC Weekly Newsletter

2007


“Karabagh Problem in the Pre-Election Rhetoric of Armenian Politicians”

“PRESS-CLUB” CYCLE: CONTROL OF CORRUPTION AND THE NEW RULING COALITION

On June 13 another “Press Club” show went on the evening air of “Yerkir-Media” TV company. The format of the program has now somewhat changed: the discussions are held with no audience, the representatives of parties that have entered the new parliament now face the representatives of NGOs and media as experts.

On June 13 the guest of “Press Club” was the member of parliamentary “Dashnaktsutiun” faction Ara Nranian, and the experts were the head of Transparency International Armenia Amalia Kostanian and the Board Chairman of “Asparez” Journalist’s Club of Gyumri Levon Barseghian. The discussion focused on countering corruption and “Dashnaktsutiun” signing on June 6 the agreement of cooperation with the ruling coalition of Republican Party of Armenia and “Bargavach Hayastan” party (“Prosperous Armenia”).

The next program of “Press Club” cycle will be aired by “Yerkir-Media” on June 20 at 21.40.

The “Press Club” cycle is produced under a project of Media Diversity Institute, with the support of the United Nations Development Program, Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Armenia and the British Council Armenia.

THE PROBLEM OF MOUNTAINOUS KARABAGH IN THE PRE-ELECTION RHETORIC

On June 8-10 in Aghveran a seminar “Karabagh Problem in the Pre-Election Rhetoric of Armenian Politicians” was held. The event was organized by Yerevan Press Club with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Representatives of NGOs, media and political parties of the country took part in it.

The head of Analytical Center of Globalization and Regional Cooperation Stepan Grigorian presented the Karabagh problem in the context of the modern realities of the South Caucasus. The report of YPC President Boris Navasardian focused on the regional problems in the Armenian political debate. The Editor of the YPC Weekly Newsletter Elina Poghosbekian spoke about the role of media and journalistic associations in Karabagh conflict. The Director of the Media Diversity Institute Artur Papyan presented the new literary web-site www.litlab.org, established under a joint Armenian-Azerbaijani project (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, May 25-31, 2007). The Observer of the Public Radio of Armenia Lusine Vasilian told about the findings of the survey among parties running for seats at the parliament to determine the coverage of urgent issues of public and political concern in their pre-election platforms. Another study, presented by the Expert of YPC Armen Nikoghosian, referred to the reporting of the Armenian-Azerbaijani and Armenian-Turkish relations by Armenian press during the pre-election promotion campaign.

THE FIRST JUBILEE OF “ES? YES!” MAGAZINE

On June 9 the editorial staff of “Es? Yes!” monthly magazine for adolescents celebrated the first year since its launch.

Yerevan Press Club congratulates the colleagues on the jubilee and wishes success and prosperity.