The National Commission on TV and radio announced the organized by it second tender for the licensing of the operation of the private multiplexor as failed. The first tender organized a year ago had the same fate. This means that the public network of digital broadcasting, i.e. public multiplexor will still have the monopoly and will dictate its conditions in the field.
30 lawsuits by school and kindergarten directors against Daniel Ioannisyan, program coordinator of the “Union of Informed Citizens” NGO, founder of “Sut.am” news site, 16 lawsuits by advocates against “News AM” Ltd, founder of “News.am” media outlet.
One year ago, on the night of July 29-30, 2016, after the attack by the “Sasna tsrer” grouping on the Patrol service regiment of the RA police on Khorenatsi Street in Yerevan, the dramatic events that lasted for two weeks reached their pick. As a result of actions initiated by the authorities, the armed grouping gave in, and the continuing anti-government protests were pressed down through using tear-gas, sound grenades and other special means.
At the Malatia police station of Yerevan Department of the RA police a decision was made to refuse to file a criminal case on the threats and insults towards Hripsime Jebejyan, journalist from “Aravot.am” at the polling station 7/46 on May 14, on the day of elections to the Yerevan local council.
Today it is two years since the “Electric Yerevan” civil movement was pressed down through use of force.
When dispersing the protests against the increase of price for electricity on June 23, 2015 on Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan the police demonstrated unprecedented ferocity against the media representatives as well. 13 journalists and cameramen from various media outlets underwent physical violence, and the professional activity of another 11 was illegally impeded through deliberate breaking or damaging of the photo- and video-cameras, seizing the memory cards and destroying the shot materials, as well as through other means.
The Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression received a letter from the NA temporary Ethics commission informing that application by the CPFE in relation to violence used by parliamentarian Roubik Hakobyan against Vahe Makaryan, journalist from “Hraparak” daily, “is considered rejected”.
On May 14, 2017, during the elections to Yerevan Council of Elders two cases of violence and four cases of obstruction of professional activities of journalists were recorded. Sisak Gabrielyan, correspondent of Armenian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was attacked at the electoral headquarters of Republican Party of Armenia, located on Nar-Dos street of Yerevan: […]
On April 2, 2017, on the RA National Assembly elections voting day, 10 cases of violence, pressure and obstruction of professional activities of journalists were recorded.
Sisak Gabrielyan, correspondent of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Armenian Service, Shoghik Galstyan, Araratnews.am correspondent, and Hayk Petrosyan, Araratnews.am cameraman, were attacked near parliamentary candidate from Republican Party of Armenia Hakob Beglaryan’s electoral headquarters, based on 15 Rustaveli str. in Kond district of Yerevan. In the precinct 9/29, based in the same area, the activities of Tirayr Muradyan, Armtimes.com correspondent, were obstructed, and in the vicinity of Hakob Beglaryan’s another electoral headquarters, in Noragyugh, Armineh Avetisyan, Newsbook.am correspondent, was subjected to pressure: stones were thrown at her, she was threatened to be stabbed. Kristineh Poghosyan, another correspondent of Newsbook.am, was threatened and sworn at in the precinct 10/3 of Sari Tagh district of Yerevan.
On February 2, the RA Special investigative service responded to the article from February 1 by Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, under heading “No Progress in Pre-investigation of “Sari Tagh” case?”, which was published on the website of the Committee and was copied in a number of media outlets (“Aravot.am”, “A1plus.am”, “1in.am”, “News.am”, etc.) The reply by the SIS under heading “The Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression misinforms the public” was published on “Hraparak.am”, “Iravaban.net” and “Armlur.am” websites. As there are a number of ungrounded judgments and false information, we consider it necessary to provide certain clarifications.
On January 30, it was six months since the criminal case was filed on the cases of impeding legitimate professional activity of the mass media representatives in Yerevan Sari Tagh and neighboring areas on the night of July 29-30, 2016. We should remind that protests and military actions following the armed attack by the “Sasna Tsrer” grouping on the patrol service regiment (PSR) of the RA Police went along with large-scale violence by the police and protected by it persons against the journalists and cameramen, and impediments of their legitimate professional activity.