Presidential 'hotline' to act against 'false information' in Armenia

Public relations and information center of the President’s Administration has launched a ‘Hot-line’ service aimed at collecting data on cases of misinformation and falsifications of facts related to Armenia and Armenians from the internet and various other open sources of information. The service will also look for “violations of the right to receive reliable information with the objective of taking action to eradicate such violations”. “Dissemination of inaccurate, partial, false information and misinformation, formation of…

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Podcast: from Webby Awards to Inga & Anush blog

The 45th episode of the Armenian Blogosphere podcast is now available for download. This week’s podcast features the results of the 13th annual Webby awards – the Oscars for the Internet. Find out who won. The podcast also features an interview with Ani Karamian, the member of Inga&Anush PR team, who operates the official Inga and Anush Arshakian’s blog. The sisters will represent Armenia at Eurovision international music contest in Moscow next week.

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Gagik Tsarukian vs Aharon Adibekian

Armenia’s richest man – Gagik Tsarukyan bets $1 milion, saying sociologist Aharon Adibekyan won’t be able to prove claims, that Tsarukyan’s “Prosperous Armenia” party has a very low rating. It all started on the air of Shant TV’s “Herankar” talk-show program. The guest in studio, sociologist Aharon Adibekyan, who has many times been accused by various opposition forces and even coalition parties, for manipulating sociological surveys, in response to program host Nver Mnatsakanian’s question made…

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Freedom House: Armenian media rated 'not free' for the 7th consecutive year

“Freedom House” international human right’s organization has released it’s annual report on freedom of press in the world in 2008. The report rates Armenian media ‘not free’ for the 7th consecutive year. Out of 195 countries and territories surveyed – media were recognized as free in 70 (or 36%), in 61 (or 31%) – partly free and in 64 (or 33%) were rated not free. “Freedom House” notes the overall negative shift in media freedom…

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Armenia plans measures to beef up cyber security

Armenian authorities have unveiled details of the National Concept on Information Security, which would, in theory, enable the National Security Service read all private mail sent and received in Armenia. I’ve higlighted the paragraph, which caused special concern. Mediamax — Yerevan, 30 April:  The Armenian government approved today a number of legislative amendments, proceeding from the Concept on Information Security that was approved on 26 April. The head of the Armenian National Security Service (NSS),…

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Controversial Ter-Petrosian criticises Armenia-Turkey 'roadmap'

“In a damning indictment of Armenia’s rapprochement with Turkey, opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian accused President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday of scuttling U.S. recognition of the Armenian genocide and gaining nothing in return,” RFE/RL reports. Addressing thousands of supporters rallying in Yerevan, Ter-Petrosian charged that Sarkisian’s apparent acceptance of a joint Turkish-Armenian academic study of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire amounted to “genocide denial.”

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