Opposition Newspaper's Office Bombed

“On December 13, at 04.30 am. the office door of Chorrord Ishkhanutyun newspaper has been exploded”, Echannel reports.  “Material losses have been caused; people have not been hurt”.

As a result of the explosion the door and the windows of the office have been damaged. As told by Mher Ghalechyan, the director of Chorrord Ishkhanutyun newspaper, the door, the iron bars and the windows have been completely put out of operation. Ghalechyan says it’s hard to evaluate the material damage caused to the newspaper. However, he notes that it has been significant. He hopes to install a new door and protecting bar during the day.

Editor of “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” Newspaper Shogher Matevosyan names two suspects in bombings © Video by A1plus.am, December 13, 2007, Yerevan, Armenia
According to A1plus the Chief Editor of “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” newspaper (Forth Estate)” Shogher Matevosyan has connected the explosion with the newspaper’s publications. She has named two people as suspects: the Head of the Erebuni district or the Prime Minister’s driver.

“They often threatened us and we have evidences. Mher Sedrakyan called the editorial office after our first publication and swore us. We simply published about the presents distributed by the district municipality. The second publication was yesterday, when the newspaper responded to the swearing”, said Shogher Matevosyan to “A1+”. The second suspected person is Serge Sargsyan’s driver Vacho. “He approached one of our correspondents at the NA and made remarks on the photos that we publish”, she said.

Despite the bombing, the “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” newspaper will be published tomorrow.

Protest Rally in Support of Gala TV Renders Results

[Via Echannel: 2007-12-13 05:31] At the Gyumri residence of the commercial court, the trial City administration against Gala TV company has been accompanied by the demonstration of protest conducted by the TV company supporters in front of the court building.
According to the head of the Committee to Protect Freedom of Speech – Ashot Melikyan, it was also as a result of this rally, that the judge Edward Nahapetyan has avoided making a decision in favor of Gyumri municipality, declaring that the trial is being postponed until getting an answer from the Court of Cassation about mediation on conducting the court session in another location.
This demonstration followed the news that was reported yesterday, about the court process initiated by Gyumri administration, trying to deprive the Chap LTD – the founder of Gala Television Company from the possibility to use the old TV tower of Gyumri (which was restored into working condition by Chap LTD and was used for the broadcasting antenna of the TV company).
In response to attempts by various government bodies, including the state tax service and Gyumri administration to deprive Gala TV of air, a civil initiative group, naming themselves the “Headquarters of Defenders of Gala Television Company” was established in Gyumri yesterday, which has vowed to defend Gala TV by all means, so as the story “with A1+ and Noyan Tapan” is not repeated.
While the pressures against Gala are underway, the supporters of the small regional television company have declared, that following today’s demonstration, there will be another gathering in support of Gala TV Company on December 19, at 16:00.
One cannot help wondering – just how far the authorities of Armenia are ready to push this micro-war with this small regional TV company, which is simply attempting to protect its editorial independence.

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