Articles Media Freedom in Armenia
14:06 | January 31, 2013
In 2012 the civil society, the Central Election Committee and the government undertook legislative initiatives some of which resulted in changes in statutory laws regulating the media activities whereas some other initiatives had no success because they were either rejected by the National Parliament or were not included in the agenda of the Parliament despite the fact that they had been submitted to the Parliament in the beginning of this year and it’s already a significantly long time now since the drafts have been in circulation in the Parliament.
13:38 | January 31, 2013
Entitled “Violence, intimidation and legal cases against journalists and the media in Armenia 2012”, the compendium pays particular attention to incidents of violence perpetrated against reporters and a new method that has surfaced within the past two years to impede the functioning of the press; namely to sue the media on charges of slander and insult.
15:17 | August 28, 2012
2012 is an election year and the authorities have promised democratic elections; something that has never occurred. No one really expects this to happen. Everyone knows that elections give rise to increased incidents of violence and restrictions placed on reporters doing their jobs.
14:13 | July 28, 2012
The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), today urged a commission responsible for writing a new Constitution for Turkey to reject proposed amendments that would severely weaken current language protecting media freedom.
13:04 | June 18, 2012
In this case, the Cassation Court included some concepts by saying that even if the reprinting of the information was done in a diligent manner; this doesn’t mean that the news outlet automatically is free of responsibility.
18:36 | November 21, 2011
On November 15,2011, the RA Constitutional Court pronounced its much awaited decision in response to the application of the RA Human Rights Defender dated 13 October 2011 on the verification of the constitutionality of Article 1087.1 of the RA Civil Code.
12:42 | October 31, 2011
Around 30 lawyers and 20 judges will participate in a three-day workshop on freedom of expression that will start on 1 November in Yerevan. The workshops will focus on defamation and insult, privacy, regulation of freedom of expression in the context of elections, contempt of court and court reporting.
Articles 2010: The Media in Review
15:30 | December 27, 2010
We should point out that despite the decriminalization of slander and defamation, Article 344 remains in the RA Criminal Code. It deals with slander of “Judges, prosecutors, investigators, case examiners or bailiffs from the Compulsory Enforcement Service.” Given the particulars involved, one can be sentence to up to 4 years according to the Article. In effect, it remains a convenient weapon in the hands of the authorities; to be brandished whenever reporters and journalists start to critically cover the issues of the day.
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