Self-Regulation Initiative: Media Ethics Observatory

On January 9, 2007 Yerevan Press Club issued an address to the media community of Armenia, suggesting to jointly develop the norms of professional ethics. YPC expressed a wish that “the norms be acceptable for as many media and journalists as possible and be applied by them in their day-to-day work”.

On February 2, 2007 at the meeting of media representatives, supporting the YPC initiative, a working group was formed that developed Code of Conduct of Media Representatives and the Declaration on Election and Referendum Coverage Principles, narrated in the Appendix to it.

On March 10, 2007 at the meeting of heads of media and journalistic associations these documents were adopted and signed.

At the meeting of March 10, 2007 the Media Ethics Observatory (MEO) was also elected and listed 7 members.

At the December 24, 2011 meeting of the representatives of media and journalistic associations it was resolved to expand the composition of MEO up to 14 members (at the same time, each MEO session is attended by 7 of its 14 members by a rotation principle).

At the February 28, 2016 meeting of the representatives of media and journalistic associations minor changes were made in the composition of MEO.

As of today Media Ethics Observatory members are:

Gegham Baghdasarian, Chief Editor of “Analyticon” journal

Ara Ghazarian, Lawyer

Haykuhi Harutyunian, President of “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO

Mesrop Harutyunian, Media Expert

Agnesa Khamoyan, Responsible Editor of Yerkir.am

Gegham Manukian, Director of the News and Current Affairs Programs of “Yerkir Media” TV company

Ashot Melikian, Chairman of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression

Mesrop Movsesian, Director of “A1+” TV company

Gnel Nalbandian, Chief Editor of “Zham” news program of “Armenia” TV company, Chief Editor of “Newmag” magazine

Boris Navasardian, President of Yerevan Press Club

Olga Safarian, Lawyer

Nouneh Sarkissian, Managing Director of Media Initiatives Center

Ara Shirinian, Creative Director of “Shoghakat” TV company

Gegham Vardanian, Producer of Media.am.

Earlier, at the May 16, 2015 meeting Code of Conduct of Media Representatives was adopted in revised edition with a modified name. Additionally, Declaration on Election and Referendum Coverage Principles, which previously was an Appendix to the Code, was included in the body of the Code (Article 7):

Code of Ethics of Armenian Media and Journalists

As of today the Code of Ethics is signed by 44 Armenian media; the initiative is supported by 8 journalistic associations.

Media representatives, who signed the Code of Ethics, acknowledge the right of the MEO to examine the conformity of their acts and publications to the provisions of the Code and state their willingness to publish decisions of the MEO in their media.

The mission of the MEO consists in consideration of complaints and appeals regarding the violations of the Code of Ethics and making judgments on them.

The Regulations of the Media Ethics Observatory were adopted on December 13, 2009. On December 24, 2011 the Regulations were amended (Դիտորդ մարմնի աշխատակարգը).

MEO Contact Information: meo@ypc.am; Tel. +374 10 53 76 62, 53 35 41, 53 00 67; Fax +374 10 53 56 61.