Wonders of the Yrevan Press Club (YPC)

Speaking of the recent round table discussion “Objectivity, balance and professionalizm in the course of election coverage”, Uzogh is apalled by the YPC 2003 Parliamentary Election monitoring analyses presented during the show, and says, that YPC is purposefully trying to denounce the TV coverage during the 2003 parliamentary coverage.


Artists in Armenia Critical of Government's Moves To Limit Artistic Expression

SASSNA DZRER has posted the letter by a group of Armenian artists and intellectuals, expressing their principal disagreement with the situation in Armenia concerning art, culture and freedom.

“…The art, the artist and the thought in Armenia are forbidden from now on. The announcement of Minister of Culture from 01.02.2007 recovers long-term Soviet totalitarian repressive machinery aimed to exclude alternative thinking and pluralism. Actually by this decision the artistic freedom without the approval of the Ministry of Culture in Armenia is forbidden.
This is the way how the fascism enters and becomes reality accompanied by the society’s excitement. …”


Parliamentary Election Monitor – Further Developments

Via CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 blog – Onnik Krikoryan has follow ups and further details to issues raised in this earlier issue of the 2007 Parliamentary Election Monitor series.

“…indeed, following on from reports that the opposition allege an official policy of restricting access to the broadcast media by charging higher than normal per minute fees, RFE/RL has an update saying that private TV companies deny the allegations.
…Armenia’s leading private broadcasters denied on Tuesday opposition claims that they were forced by the authorities to set artificially high prices for political advertisements to be aired during the unfolding election campaign…
…Interestingly, RFE/RL interviewed a number of TV station managers, including the head of news at Yerkir Media TV. Unofficially linked to the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun because the law prohibits political parties from owning TV stations, Gegham Manoukian says it’s all just a money-making exercise and has nothing to do with politics…
…Meanwhile, while the opposition complains about the conditions being set for the May vote, RFE/RL reports that the main government party, the Republican Party of Prime Minister, Andranik Markarian, is instead concentrating on recruitment probably because of the huge influx of members to Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party. The race is on — in the pro-Government camp at least, but sometimes reportedly not in the most democratic of ways…”

Visit CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 blog for the full article.

Legal Politics

Failures of the Armenian Judicial System

Marutni or Bust is frustrated with with the Armenian Judicial system and the Minister of Justice David Harutyunyan, who hopes to be running for Parliament on the upcoming parliamentary elections. The case has concluded in the court, with one trafficker receiving 5 years (should be eligible for parole next year), another 2 years and the others one year probation.

All I can say right now is that we should all once again be disappointed with the legal system in Armenia, which once again demonstrated that it does not work in the best interest of the people, but works to reward criminals so they will again go back to their dishonest deeds which provides an income for those people like RA Minister of Justice David Haroutiunian who has undoubtedly become one of the top 10 richest people in Armenia today as a results of manipulating the system to his advantage.