April 23, 2018

Reconfirming our assessments and demands mentioned in the April 19 Statement, below we present the cases of violence against the journalists and impeding their professional activities during April 20-22.

On April 22, at night, Anatoli Yeghiazaryan, program director of Radio “Liberty”,  was beaten by police officers in the Garegin Nzhdeh square. According to the radio “Liberty”, the incident occurred, when Yeghiazaryan, who was coming back home from work, tried to film with his mobile phone how approximately fifty police officers were attempting to disperse the peaceful protesters via using force. Noticing that their actions were being filmed, 6-7 policemen attacked Yeghiazaryan, although he showed them his badge and repeatedly told them he represented Radio “Liberty”.  

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April 19, 2018

During a week of protests in Yerevan, and as part of the authorities’ actions to counter them, journalists and media outlets have also been targeted for attacks.

On April 19, near the RA Government 3rd Branch Building, people wearing civilian clothing physically attacked Tirayr Muradyan, a journalist from the Union of  Informed Citizens NGO. In his testimony, the attackers were police officers, who upon noticing  that they were being featured by the reporter, subjected him to violence.

On April 18, for having photographed the armored equipment on the capital’s Baghramyan street, by order of the Deputy Chief of Police Hunan Poghosyan, Narek Kirakosyan, journalist from Armtimes daily was prosecuted.

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April 3, 2018

On March 30 the acting RA President signed into law two pieces of new legislation adopted by the National Assembly at its last extraordinary session, which pose serious threats to freedom of information and limit journalists’ work. These are the law “On  Government Structure and Activity” and law “On Local Self-Government in The City of Yerevan”. The first one of those laws stipulates that the sessions of the country’s top executive body should be held behind closed doors, the second one creates obstacles for the media representatives covering the sessions of Yerevan’s Elder’s council.

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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


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

April 13, 2018

The first quarter of 2018 was an intense period for legislative initiatives stipulating limitations of the right of freedom of expression, of receiving and disseminating information and journalistic activity. As a starting point for this campaign against the media outlets can be considered the circulation of the RA draft law on “The structure and activity of the Government”, which stipulates conducting the sessions of the supreme executive body behind the closed doors. Although the media, media organizations, the civil society and other institutions responded with sharp criticism to that political decision, on February 1, the Government approved this document, and on March 23, the Parliament passed this law at the extraordinary session.

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Annual Report – 2017

February 12, 2018

2017 was an intense and complicated period for the Armenian media outlets, and the reason was elections to the Armenian Parliament, Yerevan City council and local self-governing bodies. During such a period the intra-political struggle usually gets heated up, which is also associated with increase in cases of various types of violence and pressure on the mass media representatives. This fallacious tradition continued both during the elections to the Parliament, and to Yerevan City council.  

In particular, during the period including the campaign for the parliamentary elections, the CPFE recorded three cases of physical violence against the journalists and six cases of impeding their activity. On the actual election day, on April 2, two cases of physical violence against journalists were recorded, and eight cases of impeding professional activity.

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CPFE Report (July-September, 2017)

November 2, 2017

The third quarter of 2017 was a post-election period and was almost devoid of public-political tension; however under these conditions two cases of violence, 16 cases of various types of pressure and 39 cases of violating the right of receiving and disseminating information have been recorded.

Although the total number of violations has reduced as compared with the previous quarter (from 72 to 57), certain tendencies raise flags. In particular, along with the reduction of pressure on mass media and their personnel by 3,5 times, the number of violations of the rights to receive and disseminate information has increased by 4 times.

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Court cases

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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