Sunday, 23 September
Awards and Honors


  • On November 10, 2011, the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration awarded Hetq the “Best Coverage of Community Life 2011” prize, as part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of local self-government in Armenia. 
  • On February 10, 2012, Hetq received an award certificate from the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Issues for outstanding coverage of gender equality in 2011.
  • On March 25, 2011, Hetq reporter Larisa Paremuzyan won the Freedom of Speech Prize for her investigative work on pedophilia. 


  • On May 3, 2012, the Council on Trafficking Issues awarded Hetq a medal of commendation for its on-going coverage of human trafficking and ways to prevent it.
  • Yeranuhi Sogoyan, won 1st Prize in the “Internet or Blog Article” category in the British Council’s “Na/Neh” (He/She) Competition on February 10, 2012. 


  • In December 2013, Hetq and Hetq Reporter Marine Martirosyan won the "Book Friend" Award. The award is given to news outlets and reporters who, with their news coverage and writing, support literary endeavors in Armenia. This year, the award was granted by Antares Publishers, the Granish Literary Foundation, and literary critics Hasmik Hakobyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan.
  • In December 18, 2013, (International Migrants Day) Hetq reporter Yeranuhi Soghoyan was awarded second prize in the “Best Article” category at the Suitcase 2013 journalism competition. The competition, run by the Armenian office of the People in Need organization, is financed by the European Union – Armenia Mobility Partnership’s "Support of circular migration and re-integration process in Armenia” program.
  • On September 25, 2013, Hetq reporter Grisha Balasanyan won 2nd Prize in a competition dedicated to the coverage of judicial system reforms. 


  • On March 25, 2014, Hetq received the Freedom of Speech Prize for its revelations of offshore accounts owned by government officials and related issues. The prize was presented by “Asparez” Club of Journalists (Armenia). 
  • On June 18, 2014, Hetq won the “Media Excellence” prize at the 2014 Universal Rights Awards Ceremony held in Yerevan. The award singled out Hetq for its professionalism in the field of investigative journalism and expose of human rights issues. 


  • On June 4, 2015, Hetq reporter Zaruhi Mejlumyan won the “Media Excellence” prize at the 2015 Universal Rights award ceremony in Yerevan for her unique professionalism and coverage of the rights of those sentenced to life imprisonment. Katherine Leach, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Armenia, presented the award to Mejlumyan and noted: “Reporters throughout the world play a crucial role exposing failures in the judicial system. Certain reporters, in reality, are defenders of rights. Actively and consciously they expose injustices, correct the mistakes, raise awareness, assist individuals and point out system-wide problems. I am happy to announce that this year’s Media Excellence award is given to Zaruhi Mejlumyan.
  • On September 25, 2015, Hetq walked away with medals in three categories in the “Tvapatum 2015 – Stories about Change” journalistic competition awards ceremony held in Yerevan. Hetq won in the categories: Observer: Investigative Reportage, Re-information: Best Use of Reforms, and Media 3.0: Best Use of Technology”. Hetq’s reporters Ani Hovhannisyan and Marine Madatyan won in the Investigative Reportage category for their article “Expired X-ray Machines: Dangers of Radiation a Shut Topic in Armenia”. Hetq reporter Zaruhi Mejlumyan was a co-winner in the Re-information: Best Use of Reforms category for her article “Armenia Will Get the Latest Generation of DNA Testing Equipment. Ani Hovhannisyan and Narek Aleksanyan won the Media 3.0 prize for their multimedia story entitled “Tavoush Province: Armenia’s Legal and Illegal Garbage Dumps”.
  • Hetq was named as one of the twelve finalists vying for the prestigious Global Shining Light Award, which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. Hetq was selected for its series exposing exposed the murky dealings of an offshore company registered in Cyprus, revealing how the country’s state, church and business sectors cooperate in pursuing their economic interests. The story implicated the Prime Minister, who resigned in April 2014.
  • Hetq won two prizes at the 13th Annual “Equal Opportunities” mass media competition dealing with disability issues organized by the Bridge of Hope and Mission East organizations. Kristine Aghalaryan won 1st Prize in the Journalism Article category for her Accessible Yerevan: Access Ramps piece. Arpine Minasyan’s article Disability, a Reason Not to Attend Public School, won 2nd Prize. 


  • Hetq reporter Tatev Khachatryan was declared the winner of Armenia’s branch of Oxfam’s Food Safety and Nourishment competition in the category of internet reporting.
  • Hetq reporter Naira Hayrapetyan won two media awards in a competition organized by the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF).
  • Hetq reporter Gayane Sargsyan won First Prize at the Annual Media Award on Religious Tolerance organized by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands. Sargsyan wrote a piece entitled “When I said we were expecting a child, he rejected me and the child”, based on the true story of a 22-year-old Molokan woman named Maria.
  • Hetq reporters won four awards at the “Tvapatum (Digistory) – Stories About Change 2016” competition held in Yerevan.
  • Hetq reporter Yeranuhi Soghoyan won 1st Prize at the “Suitcase 2016” annual media competition on key migration issues in the print media category.
  • On December 10, 2016, Hetq reporter Gayane Sargsyan won 1st Prize at the 14th Annual “Equal Opportunities” mass media competition dealing with disability issues organized by the Bridge of Hope and Mission East organizations for her article Between Inclusive and Special Schools.   


  • Hetq reporter Hrant Galstyan’s article “Artsakh Frontline 2016: Fallen Soldiers” was recognized as the best investigative piece of the year at the 2017 Tvapatum Awards Ceremony, organized by the Media Initiatives Center, in Yerevan, on September 29. 

Awards Won by Edik Baghdasaryan (Hetq Editor in-Chief)

1999 - “Best investigative TV program” from the Yerevan Press Club

  • 2000 -  “Best scenario for TV program” from Shoghakat Studio

2004 -  “Best Investigative Film” from Internews-Armenia

2005 - “Best Environmental Film” from the OSCE Office in Yerevan

2007 -  “Incentive Award” in the World Wildlife Fund’s Environmental Journalism Competition.

2008 - The International Investigative Journalism Award by the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway

2009 - The “Defender of Armenia Freedom” award, US Embassy in Yerevan

2011 -  "Time for Free Press" prize for his investigative career and professional courage, Yerevan Press Club

2012 - The Hrant Dink Freedom Award for his heroic defense of liberty and free speech in the service of the people of the Republic of Armenia, The Armenian Bar Association


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