Publications

The TV and Radio Commission is distorting the reality
The TV and Radio Commission is distorting the reality


August 10, 2018

On August 7, the TVRC spread a message with which it tried to respond to the article under heading “No reform, just maintaining the status quo” published on July 31 by the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression. In fact, we tackled upon two topics in our publication: the problem of private broadcasting network, i.e. tender for licensing the operation of the multiplex, and related to it legislative change, which the previous authorities (quite possibly together with the TVRC) made secretly from the media organizations, without engaging them or at least without public discussions.  

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Journalists were banned to enter the conference hall of the government: what was the reason?
Journalists were banned to enter the conference hall of the government: what was the reason?


August 9, 2018

on August 9, on the successive day of the government session, the journalists were forbidden to enter the conference hall. They were surprised. Moreover, the representatives of the media outlets, one after another, started live streaming over Facebook and leaving comments: “Arman Yeghoyan, the Prime Minister’s press secretary forbids the journalists to move around the government building”, “artificial impediment by the new government: welcome to new Armenia”, “there are new customs, new impediments in the Government; the Prime Minister’s press secretary does not allow to go up to the conference hall: why? By which law?” Some even went further up to “…what about the revolution…?” 
The Prime Minister’s Press secretary Arman Yeghoyan explained the decision on the ban as follows: “The security regime is being violated. It is hard to control who is going where in the building.”

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No reform, just maintain status quo
No reform, just maintain status quo


July 31, 2018

Another change made in the “Law on TV and Radio” turned up, which was passed under strict secrecy.

The unknown to us legislative change was found out quite unexpectedly. When recently we were getting familiar with the terms and conditions of the tender for licensing the digital broadcasting private network (multiplex) announced by the TV and Radio Commission, we noticed that unlike the previous cases, this time the applications will be received not within three, but six months. We tried to find out what it is conditioned by. Armen Mkrtchyan, member of the TVRC said, “It is a requirement of the law.”

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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 (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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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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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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