Kocharyan prepared to ease the restrictions on media

Following the announcements from Armenian media as well as growing pressure from the international community to ease the pressures on freedom of speech and media, RA President Kocharyan has told journalists during a media briefing today, that he sees no reasons to further prolong the state of emergency. Hence we can expect to see it end on March 20th.  Armenian Public Radio reports, that President Kocharyan has noted lack of violations of the state of emergency…

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Levon Ter-Petrossian. “They will not be able to manage this society”

  On March 11 Levon Ter-Petrossian met with the reporters. Based on the post-electoral tradition, this meeting as well took place at the first president’s house that is still being controlled by the special guards’ forces. Ter-Petrossian covered the Constitutional Court decision. He reminded the details of his speech at the Constitutional Court trial, drawing the attention of the court to two legal issues. The first was about the article 78.1 of the Electoral Code,…

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Bryza and RA MFA exchange contradicting statements on March 1 violence in Armenia

Having returned to U.S. afte a visit to Armenia, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza, has sharply condemned a government crackdown on protests following last month’s presidential election. “The violence really was deplorable,” Bryza said Monday.”It seems clear that the reaction by the government was harsh and brutal.” Tigran Balayan, Head of the RA MFA Press Division, has said, in response to a question by ‘Mediamax’ News Agency: We’re astonished that even after…

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Statement on media

On March 2, following the day of announcing a state of emergency in Yerevan, the employees of National Security Service (NSS) visited editorial offices of newspapers and presented a short letter, without a signature and a seal, warning that the activities of newspapers would be suspended if the newspaper publications contained information that was different from the official information. On the same night, the materials of newspapers taken to the printing house were checked in…

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