YPC Weekly Newsletter

2014

NOVEMBER 24-30

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 service of cargo terminal of Yerevan “Zvartnots” airport did not admit representatives of several media on the airfield to cover the farewell ceremony. News.am reports that the guards had a list that contained the names of “correspondents and cameramen of 2-3 TV channels”.

“The management of the terminal’s security service boldly refused to make any concessions and never let the journalists to approach the plane. The Minister of Defense present at the event was unable or unwilling to intervene. According to a security guard, he received the list from his supervisors, and they, in turn, got it from the Ministry of Defense”, News.am stressed.

News.am also emphasized that it had learnt about the farewell ceremony of Armenian servicemen from the press release of the Ministry of Defense, which did not contain any information or requirement for accreditation.