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There are no Governments that are fond of Freedom of Information
There are no Governments that are fond of Freedom of Information


February 20, 2019

The Law of the Republic of Armenia on Freedom of Information has not been amended for the 16 years of its existence. Under the present circumstances it is necessary to make small but effective amendments to the law, taking account of the new phenomena, the technological advancement, the contemporary forms of communication between citizens and public officials.

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Honest Rules of the Game for the Media Audience
Honest Rules of the Game for the Media Audience


February 5, 2019

The RA Law on the Mass Media, which had been adopted in 2003, has not so far obstructed the work of any media outlet. Mesrop Haroutyunyan, a media expert believes that this is an assessment indicator for any legislation. Yet, a question arises whether the consumer’s right to know what interests this or that media outlet serves is protected by law. The Law on the Mass Media has several gaps used especially by the online media. First, Article 11 of the Law foresees publishing of the baseline data (address, telephone number, name of the legal person, the person responsible for the issue, etc.), a requirement, which also applies to ‘the media outlets issued on a physical carrier’ and the broadcasters. At the beginning the phrase ‘physical carrier’ applied to the traditional media. In 2003 the online media were not as advanced as today. Even today these provisions are not applied by them. Meanwhile, according to experts, it does not matter what a physical carrier looks like.

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STATEMENT


February 1, 2019

On January 31, the Government made a decision to liquidate Gyumri “Shirak public TV-radio” closed joint-stock company. The reasoning is as follows: since October 26, 2016, Armenia passed on to digital broadcasting, and so far “Shirak public TV-radio” has been operating in analogue mode and is not able to ensure aide audience, whereas “to conduct digital broadcasting first of all respective legislative regulation is required and significant financial investment, which is unrealistic at this moment.”  

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ON TRANSITION FROM ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING IN ARMENIA


October 16, 2014

The Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression is observing the process of transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Armenia since 2010. In the period covering April-August 2014, CPFE, with support of OSCE Office in Yerevan, conducted a monitoring to study and evaluate the process.

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Report on Armenia’s implementation of freedom of information commitments under the Open Government Partnership


March 17, 2014

In October 2011, Armenia joined the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) and took on a number of commitments, three of which are related to freedom of information. These include, in particular:
– ensuring transparency of asset declarations by high-ranking officials;
– standardization of official websites’ content;
– improvement of knowledge and skills of public servants on access to information.
From February to December 2013, the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) monitored the implementation of Armenia’s commitments and attempted to assess the knowledge and skills of public servants on access to information. The purpose of the project was to raise public’s awareness of the government’s activities, promote transparency and accountability of state bodies.

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Manifestations of hidden censorship in the mass media sphere of Armenia


December 29, 2011

INTRODUCTION

This survey is the sequel to surveys undertaken by the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) during the last four years to identify various issues related to the freedom of expression in the sphere of mass media.

Particularly, in 2008 the first survey was carried out, the purpose of which was to determine the information requirements of Armenia’s regional mass media audience, as well as the estimates of marzes’ residents concerning the local and public media activity.

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Annual report of CPFE on the Situation with Freedom of Expression and Violations of Rights of Journalists and Media in Armenia-2018


January 30, 2019

2018 was an intense and complicated period for the Armenian media outlets, the reason being

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Quarterly report of CPFE on the Situation with Freedom of Expression and Violations of Rights of Journalists and Media in Armenia (July – September, 2018)


October 19, 2018

The third quarter of 2018 was a period that includes elections to the Yerevan City council. These were conditioned by the velvet revolution in linked to the political developments in Armenia. These elections favorably differed from all the previous ones not only by successfully reacting to the electoral violations, but also in terms of free operation by the journalists and media outlets. Despite that, on the actual election day, on September 23, one case of violence and one case of pressure on the media representatives were recorded. For comparison, we should say that on May 14, 2017, on the day of election to the Yerevan city council 2 cases of physical violence and 5 cases of impeding professional activity were recorded.

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Quarterly report of CPFE on the Situation with Freedom of Expression and Violations of Rights of Journalists and Media in Armenia (April-June, 2018)


July 24, 2018

During the response activities by the police to the revolutionary movement (mass demonstrations and protests) that happened in April 2018 in Armenia, the mass media representatives also became the target for attacks, persecutions and pressure. In particular, during the period April 11-23, 18 cases of physical violence against media outlet personnel were recorded, with 22 victims. On the same days, 8 cases of impeding the work of the journalists were recorded.
Violations of the rights of the media and their personnel also took place after the revolutionary events. In general, during the second quarter the CPFE recorded 19 cases of physical violence, 23 cases of various types of pressure, 12 cases of violating the right to receive and disseminate information.

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CPFE Court Cases


June 24, 2014

The Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression has filed a number of claims in the RA Administrative Court in order to protect its right to freedom of information.

On June 4, 2013 the CPFE sent a letter to the RA Minister of Transport and Communications Gagik Beglaryan, requesting information about Armenia’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. In particular, the CPFE was interested in the following questions: have they announced a new competition for the construction and exploitation of a digital broadcasting system after the failure of the previous competition? If a new competition has been announced, what are the conditions and who is taking part in it? If no new competition has been announced, then what scenario for the construction and exploitation of a digital broadcasting system has been selected? The CPFE did not receive any reply within the timeframe set out in the law. Therefore, on June 27, the CPFE filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Transport and Communications at the Administrative Court of Armenia, demanding to recognize the actions (inaction) of the Ministry as unlawful and require it to provide the information in question.

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