Publications

STATEMENT


December 10, 2018

We, the undersigned media organizations, state that the snap parliamentary elections held in Armenia on December 9, 2018, qualitatively differed from all the previous ones in terms of favorable conditions for journalists and the media outlets and for their operation without restraint. On the actual election day, no serious case of physical violence or impeding the professional activity of a journalist was recorded; the few slight incidents were settled immediately. This is an unprecedented thing, which should be made a tradition.

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“Rapidly changing and evolving political context of Armenia contributed to the rise of the instances of hate speech”: expert of ECHR
“Rapidly changing and evolving political context of Armenia contributed to the rise of the instances of hate speech”: expert of ECHR


November 29, 2018

” Politicians and activist public figures should be aware that by bringing themselves into the spotlight they open themselves to harsh criticism and that they are expected to tolerate it,” said Vasily Lukashevich, a Senior Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights, in his recommendations on combatting hate speech in Armenia, sent to the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.

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NO ADDRESSEE, NO RESPONSIBLE PERSON: the law has created difficulties not only in public authorities, but also in the work of the media
NO ADDRESSEE, NO RESPONSIBLE PERSON: the law has created difficulties not only in public authorities, but also in the work of the media


November 28, 2018

In searching ways to get information from pubic authorities a journalist often faces a problem: who turn to – the press secretary or to the public relations office. How to get operative information!
“When you send an inquiry to the Information department or to the relevant unit, the answer to which you should receive at minimum five or maximum 30 days, you receive it 2-3 months later, or there happen cases that those inquiries are lost in the Staff of the Government”, Narek Kirakosyan, journalist from “Haikakan zhamanak” newspaper expresses his concerns.

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Researches

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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Reports

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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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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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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