Decriminalisation: positive and negative consequences
12.04.2011 | Point of View
The court satisfied the request to eliminate the arrest of financial means of Hraparak daily, so the newspaper will continue its normal activities. The arrest on the financial means of the newspaper was imposed after Robert Kocharyan, the second President of Republic of Armenia, brought an action against the newspaper for charges of insult and slander demanding as a compensation a disclaimer and 6 million drams.
Participants at OSCE meeting call for more decisive steps to confront anti-Semitism in public discourse
23.03.2011 | Point of View
Participants at an OSCE meeting in Prague on confronting anti-Semitism in public discourse today called for more decisive steps to counter expressions of intolerance and hatred while preserving the freedom of speech.
Armenian National Congress 'reconquered' the Liberty Square
18.03.2011 | Point of View
After the rally, that started at 17 p.m. near Matenadaran, the participants marched to Liberty Square where the police encircled the square.
The Right of People’s Free Movement is Being Violated
17.03.2011 | Point of View
Today, on the 17th of March, a number of inhabitants from the regions of RA have complained, that since morning policemen are preventing the free movement of public transport to Yerevan, especially from Armavir, Ararat and Vanadzor regions. The reason for it is the meeting of Armenian National Congress (ANC) near Matenadaran at 17:00p.m. Either there was no transport going to Yerevan, or the ones going there were stopped by the police, and people were asked about their intention of visiting Yerevan. In some cases they were sent back from halfway, violating the free movement of people according to Article 25 of the Constitution and the 2nd article of the 4th protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as many protocols ratified by RA.
Ombudsman Came, but Stayed Silent
03.03.2011 | Point of View
Former street traders and police officers clashed after MP Zaruhi Postanjyan tried to find out why citizens couldn't exercise their right to move freely, which is reserved by the RA Constitution. The police hadn't allowed them to stand near the government building.
Attacks on the Press 2010: Armenia
16.02.2011 | Point of View
Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) published its annual worldwide survey. Here we present the article on Armenia.
Mass Media: How to Work in Limited Conditions
10.02.2011 | Point of View
What are the issues of establishing quality mass media in Armenia, whether the lack of political independence is conditioned by the lack of financial independence, what the government gains by restricting freedom of the broadcast media, what is the level of professionalism of journalists, and are there any opportunities to provide more quality journalism in these limited conditions?
Freedom of speech both exists and does not exist in RA
09.02.2011 | Point of View
In his review of the yearly report on freedom of speech for 2010, the Head of the Committee of Freedom of Speech Ashot Melikyan stated that new limitations caused by legal gaps were registered. At the press conference on February 9, Ashot Melikyan referred to the case, initiated by the National Assembly deputies Samvel Alexanyan, Levon Sargsyan and Rouben Hayrapetyan against the newspaper Haykakan Zhamanak, which resulted in the court decision that the newspaper provides a compensation of 2 million 44 thousand drams to each person.
Ready to Pay Sign Language Translators
04.02.2011 | Point of View
More than 3500 people who have hearing problems are today deprived of their right to get information in their mother tongue - sign language. As a result of the contest announced by the National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR), ALM TV company which was the only channel providing sign language translation for its programs, was deprived of its broadcasting licence.
Gaps in Legislation on Media: the Experts Call to Simplify the Licensing Process
28.01.2011 | News
At the conference entitled "Mass Media in Armenia: 2010 Reflections and Trends for the Future" held on January 27, 2011 the existing gaps in RA legislation regulating media and problems of freedom of media were discussed.
The organizer of the event is "Partnership for Open Society" Initiative in cooperation with the Yerevan Offices of OSCE and Council of Europe.