Attacks and violations against media, journalists in Armenia in 2009

Armenia -- Argishti Kivirian, editor of "Armenia Today" news agency beaten on 30Apr2009. Photo courtesy of Gagik Shamshian

The Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) in Armenia, which I am a member of, released on Tuesday its annual report on “Violated rights of journalists and media in Armenia.” As the organization’s website is currently under construction and this report is not fully available online, I’ve decided to post the full English version of the report below. Continue reading “Attacks and violations against media, journalists in Armenia in 2009”

PM Tigran Sargsyan to interact with public 'directly' via newly launched blog

00001ed9 Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan has officially launched his blog, which, he hopes, will help him directly interact with public.
“It is important for me to make sure, that you understand how I think”, Tigran Sargsyan, 50, father of 3,Ph. D in economics, has written in his first entry in a LiveJournal blog opened in November, but officially made public today.
The blogger has specified “Prime Minister of Armenia” as main occupation in the blog’s user information page. I verified from a reliable source – this is indeed Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan.
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State Revenue Committee wastes 29,5 million AMD taxpayer money on corporate party

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Armenian State Revenue Committee have spent 29,5 million Armenian drams (about $79,000 US), on organizing a corporate party for its staff of 270 people: management, tax and customs officers, with the participation of Armenian music stars and comedians in Yerevan’s luxury Marriott Armenia hotel.
A document made public by the Journalists’ Club “Asparez” on Friday, reveals, that Armenian taxpayers had to pay 107 thousand AMD ($290 US) for each tax/customs service official to have fun. $290 is quite a lot of money for a large party like that, even if its in the most expensive restaurant.
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U.S. slams Armenian by-elections amid raging indifference of voters

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan on Thursday denounced as fraudulent a weekend by-election to Armenia’s parliament and urged the authorities to prosecute those responsible for “numerous irregularities” witnessed by American and local observers, RFE/RL Armenian service reports. “Embassy observers found numerous irregularities, including intimidation of voters, verbal and physical threats directed at journalists and observers, and in some cases the presence of uncredentialled, non-voting individuals sympathetic to the National Unity Party candidate, who appeared to be managing the electoral process in lieu of the authorized members of the local electoral commissions,” the embassy spokesman, Thomas Mittnacht, told RFE/RL. Continue reading “U.S. slams Armenian by-elections amid raging indifference of voters”

Pogroms of Armenians in Baku

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Armenia -- Broken khachkar (headstone) in Noradus medieval cemetery, Noradus village, 2007 (c) www.ditord.com

Twenty years ago today seven-day pogroms broke out against Armenians in Baku, with various sources citing a death toll of 48 to 400. Tens of thousands of Armenians, or, according to some Armenian sources, as many as 200 thousand were exiled from their homes. Baku was effectively cleaned of Armenians. Evidence suggests, that the action was organized by Azerbaijani authorities, as the attackers had lists of Armenians and their addresses.
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Constitutional Court gives a green light to Armenian-Turkish protocols

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Armenia - The Constitutional Court discusses the Armenian - Turkish protocols, Yerevan, 12Jan,2010

The Consitutional Court issued a verdict on January 12, giving its approval to the Armenian-Turkish protocols on normalizing bilateral relations, and dismissing claims by Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun), that some provisions contained in the protocols are unconstitutional. Continue reading “Constitutional Court gives a green light to Armenian-Turkish protocols”

Dashnaktsutyun stage a rally in protest of Armenian-Turkish protocols


The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) rallied more than a thousand supporters in Yerevan on Monday to demand that Armenia’s Constitutional Court invalidate the fence-mending agreements with Turkey, RFE/RL reports. The whole rally seems like a big and colorful show, because very few people would consider the Constitutional Court an independent branch of the state capable of making decisions without the direct instructions from the President’s administration, or Dashnakstutyun, a true and independent opposition force, capable of impacting the government’s agenda. Continue reading “Dashnaktsutyun stage a rally in protest of Armenian-Turkish protocols”

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