YPC Weekly Newsletter
2008
July 11-18
YPC ANNUAL AWARDEES ANNOUNCED ON YPC 13TH ANNIVERSARY

July 18 was the 13th anniversary since the foundation of Yerevan Press Club. On the same day at “Gusan“ cafe in Yerevan the YPC Annual Award Ceremony was held. The Award was established in 1998 and since then is conferred on to the best journalists and media organizations of Armenia (see http://www.ypc.am “Awards” section).

YPC Annual Award winners in 2007-2008 are:

“GALA” TV company (Gyumri) - for commitment to media independence principle and dignity of stance;

Radio "HAY" - for consistency in standing for its own rights;

Stepanakert Press Club - for fruitful 10 years' work and effective cooperation with YPC.

“GALA” TV company also received a special prize from the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, handed by the Committee Chairman Ashot Melikian.

Resident Representative of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in South Caucasus Matthias Jobelius awarded a special prize to the Director of Radio "Hay" Aram Mkrtchian, a journalistic trip to Germany, and the correspondent of "Deutsche Welle" in Armenia Arshavir Gazazian presented the colleagues with a memorable gift.

PLIGHT FOR AN EARLY RELEASE OF CHIEF EDITOR OF “ZHAMANAK-YEREVAN” REFUSED

On July 18 the Commission on Early Release and Release on Parole refused the plight of “Hospital for Convicts” penitentiary institution for the early release of the Chief Editor of “Zhamanak-Yerevan” daily Arman Babajanian. As it has been reported, Arman Babajanian, having been sentenced to 3.5 years’ imprisonment for document fraud to evade military service, has twice made a petition of early release, in July and December 2007, and was refused both time. On July 8, 2008 to execute the ruling of the court of general jurisdiction of Kenton and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan the administration of “Hospital for Convicts” penitentiary institution, where Arman Babajanian is presently kept, filed a plight for the early release of the journalist with the Commission above. The Armenian authorities were also urged to release the Chief Editor of “Zhamanak-Yerevan” by a number of international human rights and journalistic organizations, professional associations, media and NGOs of the country. Their statements stressed in particular that Arman Babajanian has already spent two years in prison and the issue of his early release can be decided positively, proceeding from his good conduct. It was also noted that the sentence of the head of “Zhamanak-Yerevan” is disproportionate to the offense: normally the punishment for such offences does not exceed 2-3 years (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, July 4-10, 2008, June 27 - July 3, 2008, June 20-26, 2008, June 13-19, 2008).

INVESTIGATION INTO BURGLARY AT THE EDITORIAL OFFICE OF PANORAMA.AM STOPPED

On July 16 Erebuni Police Department suspended the investigation of the case of burglary at the editorial office of Panorama.am news portal, made in the morning of May 16, 2008. As it has been reported, as a result of the burglary, Panorama.am lost its office equipment, including the processor storing the editorial archives, as well as the money held at the office (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, May 16-22, 2008). The investigation of the case, instituted on Article 177 of the RA Criminal Code (“Robbery”) was suspended, as the offenders were not identified.

FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT OF JOURNALISTS HELD IN BRYANSK

On July 11-12 in Bryansk a traditional football tournament of journalistic teams of former Soviet Union countries was held. In the competitions journalists’ teams from Yerevan (Armenia), Lutsk (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Vilnus (Lithuania), Moscow, Bryansk, Volgograd (Russia) took part. The tournament winner were Minsk journalists, the “silver” was scored by the team of Lutsk, the “bronze” was taken by the team of Volgograd. Having lost to the two winners as well as the pitch hosts, with the victory over three other teams, the journalists of Yerevan were the fourth.


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