Wind of Change

As I reflect on these last moments of 2019… as we head into 2020 and the next decade… I look into the future full of uncertainty and promise

Uncertainty, because last month I left the Armenian service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (

Promise, because I have a world of opportunities and plans, one of which is my return to the civil society sector as the country representative of Media Diversity Institute and the launch of the IT help-desk project for journalists and human rights defenders.

I also should have more time and freedom to blog and podcast.

And while I will miss my wonderful team at, leaving it was my decision and I have no regrets!

So here we go! Farewell 2019, welcome 2020!


2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

This blog was viewed about 210,000 times in 2011. In 2011, there were 180 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,232 posts.


Armenian bloggers awarded Na/Ne journalism awards for covering women issues

Artur Papyan (that's me), country coordinator of Media Diversity Institute, Armenian office, hands over Na/Ne award certificate to Artak Vardanian, 1st prize winner in blogging category

Three Armenian blogs, along with well established print, online, TV and radio media, received awards at the Na/Ne 2009 Annual Journalism Award Ceremony held in Yerevan on Tuesday.
Banadzev media production company’s blog took the 1st prize in blog category,  with Radio Van’s blog coming second, while journalist, social media guru Shushan Harutyunyan’s Blansh blog took the 3rd slot.


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

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.


Blogging Karabakh, or Observer’s Top 9 list of Karabakh blogs

Monument "We Are Our Mountains", widely recognized as a symbol of Nagorno-Karabakh

I’ve been only able to draw a Top 9 list of blogs from Karabakh, because there are only 9 blogs from Karabakh that I know of currently and will greatly appreciate links to any other blogs from Karbakh out there.
Meanwhile, meet these guys (thanks to Kornelij for listing them). A common feature of all – Russian language.


Online journalists now jailed more than those in any other medium

Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ’s prison census.


The Armenian Observer blog news

Starting from today the Armenian Observer blog will be available on domain along with its old address. This has been done purely for your convenience so it will be easier to type the address of this blog. Meanwhile, I’m also looking for other authors/contributors to this blog, so if you are interested, please leave a comment to this entry.
I will be travelling intensively from September 1st to 15th, so for that period the blog will be updated less frequently. However, I’ll try to make sure, that no major development is left without our attention.
Meanwhile, this is a good occasion to remind you, that I also run a number of other blogs: The Armenian Citizen blog, Angry Root’s LJ and Munetik – the Armenian version of the Observer blog.

Armenia Politics

Photos: Armenia Elects New President

Photos: Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia 2008
Armenia Election Monitor 2008 brings the first photos of the election day – “Finally the day has arrived”, writes Onnik Krikoryan with relief, “Whatever the outcome one thing is certain. In this round or a possible second, Armenia will elect a new president in a vote that international observers hope will represent a marked improvement over the last presidential election in 2003.”

in English


Armenia Votes Today!

2 million 328 thousand 320 voters are eligable to vote for the new president of the country, Athanatoi (Hrant)  writes in his blog,  reminding that 8000 police officers are on duty today to ensure security of the polls. The initial results of the Armenian presidential elections will be known by 6:00 AM on February 20th.

“Ah yes, today is the day where corruption, blind nationalism, and fraud all come together in the form of Armenia’s Presidential Election!” Rhyne of Armenia blog writes from US. “One thing’s for certain, this is not going to be a demonstration of democracy and whoever is elected will first and foremost get himself rich, then those near him, and whatever is left will be spread among the lower individuals in power”.



Watch Out! Propaganda Blogs or Observer's Blacklist of Campaign Blogs

Recent trends and developments in the Armenian blogosphere, whereby a range of extremely intolerant propaganda-blogs have sprang up, and have started attacking all and everyone around in the blogosphere – have taken the fun away from blogging. Instead of being the enjoyable personal hobby it once was, blogging now is increasingly becoming a risky business, a hostile environment, where you risk being attacked and harassed for your views.
Of course there was the trend, where “patriots” were attacking “liberals” in the blogosphere, and people were grouping together according to personal linking-disliking long before all these propaganda blogs had sprang up. But before – that was all a natural process, it was as any society works, and people were blogging, because they liked it. Today, as we see an increasing number of blogs, whose authors are blogging, not because they like to, but because they are assigned the task of posting all kinds of propaganda pieces by pro-Levon or pro-Serzh forces, including State Security services, I wonder, if they can be considered blogs at all? The way I see it – they are more like campaign posters or propaganda leaflets. At any rate, here is a list of blogs, which I have blacklisted so far, as they fall under the classification of non-blogs, or propaganda blogs, or agit-blogs – call them the way you like it:
There are some 3-4 more, about which I have suspicions, but will not post here, until I have more evidence of them being commissioned to write by Levon’s team or Serzh’s minions. In fact, I have no such evidence about these ones either. But – these are the more suspicious ones so far. And I’m sure you have noticed more of these, so please kindly let me know about them in the comments section of this post. As to the rest of the REAL bloggers out there – my suggestion is let’s ignore all these fake blogs, these empty shells, because once the campaign is over, they will be gone, and we will stay. And we will feel ashamed for being artificially dragged into this whirlpool of black PR using blogs. Dear blogger-friends – beware! The Big Brothers are watching us!