Election Blogging Guide

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 blog introduces a number of useful guides and handbooks for bloggers, including the Demologue’s Election Blogging Guide (which it promises will be soon translated also into Armenian), Reporters Without Borders’ Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents available in English and Russian, as well as the New Eurasia featuring a  a number of guides such as An Easy Guide to Blogging which is available in English, Russian.

20% increase in traffic accidents due to corruption

Martuni or Bust criticizes the Armenpress article “TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS KILLS 332 PEOPLE LAST YEAR” issued on Feb 08 2007, saying it doesn’t disclose the fact fully and neglects serious issues, for example, the fact that “You can just pay the [driving]school fees, pay off the doctors that “examined” you and give a gift (bribe) to the head of the [driving license] licensing department.

Journalism matters – not just to journalists but to everyone

What Democracy Means urges the public to protect the journalists in Armenia, asking the rhetoric question – “who will ask the questions when they’re gone?”, after laying out “…a troubling list of some of the recent events:

  1. …The three-and-a-half year jail sentence handed to the editor of “Zhamanak Yerevan” – Arman Babajanian…RFE/RL.
  2. …The Toyota Prado belonging to Suren Baghdasarian of the “Football Plus” weekly and parked in a garage outside his central Yerevan apartment was completely destroyed by fire…RFE/RL.
  3. …Arson attack on an expensive SUV belonging to Ara Saghatelian, the owner and editor of the “Im Iravunke” weekly…“…” RFE/RL

Parliamentary Election Monitor

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 blog had another post of the 2007 Parliamanetary Election Monitor roundups which were traditionally done on the Oneworld Multimedia blog. The monitor lookes at important media reports and posts in the Armenian blogosphere, related to the 2007 Parliamentary elecitons. This time round the Monitor looks at the Internet media and what it has to offer to the voters as a means of information about the upcoming elections.

If the 2003 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections were defined by the role of the broadcast media, it looks as though the Internet will play a crucial role in covering and disseminating news, views and opinions on this year’s Parliamentary Election.

The Monitor then looks at the new features introduced by: A1plus, ArmeniaNow, articles by the RFE/RL as well as the efforts of the Blogosphere: Anoush Rima, Armenian Blog Review, Blogrel.
Visit the CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 for more.

Roadmap to Fair Elections

Usogh has discovered a fair method of raising the quality of voting during the upcoming elecitons. The method is simple – those coming to the polling station are offered a choice – either take money, or go on voting of their own. Simple as that!

Voices from Civil Society

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007  introduces an important new feature to their blog:

One feature that will take a prominent place on this blog will be providing guest bloggers from civil society and international organizations the opportunity to express their opinion on the parliamentary election. They may also use this opportunity to raise awareness of their organization’s activities in the election period.

Political Advertising and Election Campaign Finances

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 directs readers’ attention to the issue of Political Advertising, Party Finances kicking off from the recent RFE/RL reports that two leading opposition political parties are complaining about the high cost of political advertisements for the coming parliamentary election. For a more detailed analyses and links to relevant documents on partisan news coverage by OSCE from the 2003 presidential election and CRD/TI report on campaign finances during the previous 2003 elections visit the Election Monitor 2007 post here.

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