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.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


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