On May 31 – June 2, Yerevan Press Club held a seminar on the “Current situation and perspectives of legal regulation and self-regulation of Armenian media” in “Arthur’s Aghveran Resort”. The event was organized under the “Alternative Resources in Media” project, supported by USAID. The participants of the seminar were members of the Media Ethics Observatory (MEO), heads and representatives of media and journalistic organizations, including the ones, which have joined the YPC initiative to establish a media self-regulation body in Armenia.
Media expert Mesrop Harutiunian presented the recommendations to amend the Code of Conduct of Media Representatives with regard to issues of privacy. YPC legal expert Iren Aloyan elaborated on the need of supplementing the Code of Conduct with ethical norms for online media. The report of Elina Poghosbekian, Editor of YPC Weekly Newsletter, was dealing with the ethical aspect of media coverage of the 2012-2013 electoral cycle. Ara Ghazarian, lawyer and member of the Information Disputes Council, presented the recent judicial practice on defamation cases. YPC expert Heriknaz Harutiunian talked about activities towards raising public awareness of the MEO, particularly about the “Press Club” TV shows cycle. In his speech, YPC President Boris Navasardian spoke about the organizational issues of the MEO.