In the three criminal cases instituted on the cases of hindrance to the professional activities of journalists in Gyumri on the day of Parliamentary Elections there are no suspects and no one is arrested so far, nobody is charged. This was reported by the RA Special Investigation Service in respond to the written inquiry of www.hra.am.
To remind, in two cases the work of reporter–camera men of «Kentron» TV Company was hindered.
In one of the cases a proxy from the «Prosperous Armenia» party had submitted a report and said that a son of Gyumri mayor Spartak Ghukasyan took the camera from the cameraman of the Kentron TV Company Varazdat Papikyan and tuned him out of the precinct. The criminal case has been instituted on this fact under the Article 149.1 of the RA Criminal Code (hindrance to the implementation of the authorities of the mass media representatives).
In other case, a group of people entered the precinct, seizured the camera of the cameraman of Kentron TV Company Vladimir Khachatryan and left the places thus hindered the professional activity of the journalist. A criminal case has been instituted on this fact under the Article 149 part 2 point 5 (hindrance to the implementation of the authorities of the election or referendum commission or initiative group, candidate or his proxy, observers, mass media representatives committed by a group).
A criminal case has been instituted on the fact of another incident took place in Gyumri under the Article 149 part 2 points 3 and 5. This time the group of people hindered the activity of the journalist-cameraman of the «Maxinfo» news agency Karen Aleqyan, they also torn off his journalist badge from his cloths.
The report submitted by the “Gala” TV journalist Naira Nalbandyan had been rejected by the Gyumri Investigative department of RA Police and no criminal case had been instituted. The journalist had reported to the Police that the day before the elections she applied to the head of the commission of the precinct number 33 G. Hovhannisyan for clarifications but the latter refused to provide the information, argued and hindered the journalist’s activity.
Thus, on the day of Parliamentary Elections on May 6 there were 4 criminal cases instituted for hindrance to the professional activities of the journalists (3 took place in Gyumri and 1 in Yerevan). No charges are brought in these cases so far.