YPC Weekly Newsletter
2009
July 17-23
YEREVAN PRESS CLUB CELEBRATED ITS 14TH ANNIVERSARY AND GRANTED THE ANNUAL AWARD

On July 18 was the 14th 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 is conferred to the best journalists and media organizations of Armenia (see http://www.ypc.am , “Awards” section).

YPC Annual Award winners in 2008-2009 are:

Vahan Kochar - received the Award after Ruben Mangasarian, famous photojournalist, one of the YPC founders, who untimely passed away. The Award was granted to Vahan Kochar for the book-album “Armenian Photographers”. The prize was given by the brother of Ruben Mangasarian, Tigran Mangasarian, Director of “Patker” photo agency.

Tatul Hakobian - for the book “Green and Black. Diary of Artsakh”. The prize was handed to Tatul Hakobian by Mesrop Harutiunian, YPC Board Member, Expert of the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.

Artyom Yerkanian, observer of “Shant” TV company, for the documentary “Armenians, Forgive Us”, dealing with Armenian-Turkish relations. The prize was awarded from Avet Demurian, correspondent of “Associated Press” news agency in Armenia, YPC Vice President. Artyom Yerkanian also received a memorial gift from “Deutsche Welle” radio station, handed by Ashot Gazazian, “DW” correspondent in Armenia.

Internews Media Support public organization - for the documentary series “Farewell Arm: from Belfast to Balkans”, dealing with the mechanisms of European conflict settlement. The award was granted to Internews by Elina Poghosbekian, Editor of YPC Weekly Newsletter.

“Yerkir Media” TV company - for long-term and effective cooperation with Yerevan Press Club. “Yerkir Media” received the prize from YPC President Boris Navasardian.

AMENDMENTS TO LAW “ON MASS COMMUNICATION” UNACCEPTABLE, AS SEEN BY THE OMBUDSMAN

On July 22 RA Human Rights Defender Armen Harutiunian addressed a letter to RA National Assembly Chairman Hovik Abrahamian referring to the draft law “On Introducing Amendment and Supplements to the RA Law ‘On Mass Communication’ ”. The draft law was suggested by RA NA deputy Victor Dallakian and submitted to the National Assembly on July 6, 2009. The author of the draft proposes, in particular, to supplement the Law with provisions determining the rights and obligations of journalists.

By mentioning that the suggested amendments “caused a critic reaction by a number of media organizations”, Armen Harutiunian stressed that the main provisions of the draft contravene the Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, assuring the freedom of expression, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. In the letter to the parliament speaker the Human Rights Defender overall considers the draft law to be “unacceptable and indigent to improvement”.

HEALTH CONDITION OF “ZHAMANAK” CHIEF EDITOR DETERIORATED

On July 22 RA Human Rights Defender Armen Harutiunian referred with a letter to RA Minister of Justice Gevorg Danielian requesting to arrange proper health examination of Arman Babajanian, Chief Editor of “Zhamanak” daily. Arman Babajanian, sentenced to 3.5 years of imprisonment for document fraud to evade mandatory military service, is at the “Hospital for Convicts” for already two weeks.

The reason for addressing the Minister of Justice became the visit of the ombudsman’s representatives to the Hospital on July 21. Arman Babajanian expressed a concern that by the moment his term of detention expires (September 16, 2009), he can irreversibly miss the chance to improve the health condition.

INTERNEWS DOCUMENTARY “CAUCASIAN NIECE” AWARDED A DIPLOMA OF “GOLDEN APRICOT” FILM FESTIVAL

On July 12-19 in Yerevan the 6th International Film Festival was held. The competition nominations were: “Feature Film”, “Documentary Film” and “Armenian Panorama”. Namely, the last category included feature as well as documentary movies, shot by Armenian directors from different countries.

In the nomination “Armenian Panorama” the main “Golden Apricot” prize was awarded to the documentary of Arka Manukian “With Love and Gratitude”. The documentary of Levon Kalantar “Caucasian Niece” was marked with a Diploma of the Jury (scriptwriters - Armineh Martirosian and Harutiun Mansurian). The film was made by Internews Media Support public organization in cooperation with Stepanakert Press Club through the support of the Conciliation Resources British NGO.

N.B. Dear readers, please note that YPC Weekly Newsletter will next be issued in early September, 2009.

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Editor of YPC Newsletter - Elina POGHOSBEKIAN

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