On October 7, 2017 Armday.am correspondent Paylak Fahradyan was attacked at the medical center of Shatin community of Vayots Dzor region.
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.
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.
On August 4, 2017 due to the absence of applications National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR) recognized as failed the competition on licensing of the private multiplexer, conducted by the former on May 2-August 2, 2017. Let us recall that the first competition conducted in 2016 suffered the same fate.
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.
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.
Yesterday, on December 7, 2016, Rubik Hakobyan, deputy of RA National Assembly, used violence against Vahe Makaryan, correspondent of “Hraparak” daily. In the parliament in the presence of the colleagues accredited to the National Assembly, the correspondent turned to the deputy asking a question regarding his former membership to ARF-Dashnaktsutyun and his current relationship with the party. The question annoyed the deputy. Vahe Makaryan’s second attempt to ask a question to the deputy was unsuccessful either and grew into a verbal sparring. Rubik Hakobyan said that he would teach “manners” to the journalist, to which the latter replied he could teach that himself to the deputy.