Publications

STATEMENT


October 9, 2017

On October 7, 2017 Armday.am correspondent Paylak Fahradyan was attacked at the medical center of Shatin community of Vayots Dzor region.

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STATEMENT


September 29, 2017

In the evening of September 28, 2017, Narineh Avetisyan, Editor-in-Chief of “Lori” TV company, was attacked in Vanadzor while carrying out her professional activities. She was informed about workers laying asphalt in the rain on the city bridge next to St. Holy Mother of God Church, and went there. While Narineh Avetisyan was shooting, Tigran Nazaryan, head of “Shinplus” construction company, and his employees attacked her, twisted her arms, threw her on the ground and seized her cellphone.

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STATEMENT


September 1, 2017

On September 1, 2017 at the Court of General Jurisdiction of Shengavit Administrative District of Yerevan, where the trial of Zhirayr Sefilian, leader of “Founding Parliament” and others was being held, the professional activities of A1+ Internet TV Company correspondent Robert Ananyan and “A1+” cameraman Bagrat Saroyan were obstructed.

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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, 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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CPFE Report (January-March, 2017)


April 25, 2017

The first quarter of 2017 was an intense period for the Armenian media outlets connected

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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


January 26, 2017

In 2016, numerous violations, cases of pressure and impediments against journalists registered by the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression speak of the fact that Armenian media and their staff members have acted under extreme unfavorable conditions.

The vivid examples of that are the events that took place in Yerevan Khorenatsi Street and in Sari Tagh from July 17-30. The protests following the armed attack by the “Sasna Tsrer” grouping on the patrol service regiment (PSR) of the RA Police and the actions by the law enforcement were associated with large-scale violence and impediments against the lawful professional activities of the journalists and cameramen. Moreover, those actions were unprecedented in terms of applying special means against the media representatives.

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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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