Pashinian’s Inconvenient Jail Term Case and The Call: “Free Nikol!”

As expected, Court of General Jurisdiction rejected on Friday opposition leader Nikol Pashinian‘s appeal to modify his jail term in a way as to let him out of prison before the February 2013 Presidential elections in Armenia. Continue reading

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Armenia’s rebel TV goes live again


A1+, Armenia’s leading independent television station has officially started live broadcasting for the first time in 8 years after being controversially pulled off the air by the authorities. Continue reading

8 Years Have Passed Since A1+ TV Company Closure


The most trusted name in Armenian broadcast news at the time, “A1+” TV channel was shut down on April 2, 2002 having lost its broadcast license in a competition held by Armenian National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR), a state licensing authority fully controlled by president Robert Kocharian.

8 years on, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, Yerevan Press Club, Internews Media Support NGO, Media Diversity Institute-Armenia, Armenian Helsinki Committee, Foundation against violation of law, Civil Society Institute express their concern about the restrictions to the freedom of speech and media in the Republic of Armenia. Continue reading

IFJ Marks ‘End of Deadly Decade’ With Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)  yesterday issued its report on 139  journalists and media workers who were killed or died while practicing journalism in the course of 2009. The IFJ says that 2009, one of the worst years for journalists’ killings, capped a violent decade which put journalism to the sword and left record numbers of murders of media people. Continue reading