Freedom of Media in ArmeniaCurrent challenges and developments<br />Shushan Harutyunyan / journalist-blogger <br />Masaryk...
What to expect <br />Armenian media in numbers /general overview /<br />Media legislation <br />Access to Information<br /...
“First was the word” /introduction<br />Photo by OnnikKrigoryan<br />
Media in Armenia /general overview<br />1063 registered media according to the state statistics<br />“Partly free” accordi...
Media in Armenia / TV -Radio<br />There are four nation-wide commercial TV channels. In total 57 operate in the country,an...
Media in Armenia / print-on-line<br />Mediapluralism remains limited to the independent, but financially weak and lessinfl...
Media legislation <br />Law of Freedom of Information<br />The Mass Communication Law of Armenia<br />The article 164 of t...
 Law of Freedom of Information was approved by the Armenian Parliament in 2003<br />General principles <br />To define uni...
The Mass Communication Law of Armenia<br />Provides for a general rights of journalists who work for mass media organizati...
The article 164 of the Criminal Code of RA<br />Under article 164 of the Criminal Code, it is an offence to interfere with...
Beyond formal papers<br />Lack of awareness among journalist about their legal rights <br />A soviet-style attitude and tr...
On other hand… <br />When where is awareness of rights and the provision in FOI legislation guaranteeing those rights, the...
Armenian media under attack / violence against journalists <br />On January 16, photojournalist GagikShamshian was knocked...
Journalists protest <br />
“We Media” in Armenia – Citizen journalism <br />Almost 3500 bloggers and 400 posts per day <br />
Im an Armenian hard bloggin’ journalist<br />This means in particular <br />I believe in new media, I believe in people<br...
Thanks for your attention <br />http://blansh.wordpress.com/ <br />blansh.arm@gmail.com<br />http://www.twitter,com/blans...
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  1. 1. Freedom of Media in ArmeniaCurrent challenges and developments<br />Shushan Harutyunyan / journalist-blogger <br />Masaryk University, Brno<br />18 March 2010<br />/Conference: “CURRENT POLITICAL CHALLENGES IN GEORGIA, ARMENIA AND TURKEY”/<br />
  2. 2. What to expect <br />Armenian media in numbers /general overview /<br />Media legislation <br />Access to Information<br />Media influance <br />Media “in action” /beyond formal papers/<br />Armenian media under attack / violence against journalists <br />New Media & Citizen journalism in Armenia<br />Hope for a better future <br />
  3. 3. “First was the word” /introduction<br />Photo by OnnikKrigoryan<br />
  4. 4. Media in Armenia /general overview<br />1063 registered media according to the state statistics<br />“Partly free” according to Freedom House /2009 report /<br />“ The government maintained control over most broadcast media, the primary news source in a poverty-afflicted country with poor newspaper distribution and low Internet penetration” – “The Committee to Protect Journalists” <br />
  5. 5. Media in Armenia / TV -Radio<br />There are four nation-wide commercial TV channels. In total 57 operate in the country,and nearly half of them are broadcast from Yerevan and have limited coverage.<br />Numerous radio channels exist; their role is limited to entertainment with the onlyexception of the re-broadcasts of Radio Liberty on public radio.<br />The broadcast outlets,with the exception of a limited number of programs which present alternative views, donot offer in a consistent way objective and pluralistic information to society. <br />
  6. 6. Media in Armenia / print-on-line<br />Mediapluralism remains limited to the independent, but financially weak and lessinfluential, print media.<br />The print media is pluralistic, and news coverage is diverse, at times openly critical ofpoliticians. However, as none of the outlets exceeds a circulation of 3-4,000 copies perday, the Armenian print media is exceptionally weak, playing a limited role in informingthe public.<br />High potential in the development of internet <br /> media /details coming soon<br />
  7. 7. Media legislation <br />Law of Freedom of Information<br />The Mass Communication Law of Armenia<br />The article 164 of the Criminal Code of RA<br />
  8. 8. Law of Freedom of Information was approved by the Armenian Parliament in 2003<br />General principles <br />To define unified procedures to record, classify and maintain information<br />To ensure freedom to seek and receive information<br />To allow free access to information<br />To publicize information<br />The low allows any person to demand information from state and social bodies, state offices, organization financed under the state budget, privet organizations of public importance and state officials, by written request <br />
  9. 9. The Mass Communication Law of Armenia<br />Provides for a general rights of journalists who work for mass media organizations to operate without unreasonable restrictions<br />It prohibits censorship, interfering with “the legitimate professional activities of journalists”, disclosure of sources without a court order for revealing serious crimes, and it requires that government bodies do not favor some journalists over others. <br />But we have self censorship… <br /> /video on how it works/<br />
  10. 10. The article 164 of the Criminal Code of RA<br />Under article 164 of the Criminal Code, it is an offence to interfere with legal professional activities of journalist, including forcing them to publish or not publish information. Officials can be imprisoned for up to three years for violating the Article, but … <br />
  11. 11. Beyond formal papers<br />Lack of awareness among journalist about their legal rights <br />A soviet-style attitude and tradition of secrecy amongst officials<br />Lack of professionalism and solidarity among the media <br />When refused access to requested information, media professionals often use alternative sources of information <br />
  12. 12. On other hand… <br />When where is awareness of rights and the provision in FOI legislation guaranteeing those rights, there is no tradition among the media of going to court to defend their rights, mainly due to skepticism about the fair administrational of justice and lengthy court proceedings. <br />
  13. 13. Armenian media under attack / violence against journalists <br />On January 16, photojournalist GagikShamshian was knocked to the ground by a policeman while photographing a protest in front of the Shangavit Community Court, where hearings were being held for seven opposition figures charged in relation to the March 1-2, 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. <br />On April 30, ArgishtiKivirian, Director of the “Bagin” legal company which coordinates the ARMENIA Today news agency, was badly beaten by unknown assailants outside his Yerevan apartment.<br />On May 6, Never Mnatsakanian, a prominent TV anchor for the “Shant” TV company, was attacked by two strangers at the entrance of his house. <br />On April 8, "A1+" TV journalist David Jalalian was reportedly assaulted by police while attempting to photograph a protest staged by opposition supporters on Yerevan's Northern Avenue. <br />
  14. 14. Journalists protest <br />
  15. 15. “We Media” in Armenia – Citizen journalism <br />Almost 3500 bloggers and 400 posts per day <br />
  16. 16. Im an Armenian hard bloggin’ journalist<br />This means in particular <br />I believe in new media, I believe in people<br />I believe in open sourced journalism and completely transparent reporting<br />And i’m not only for democratized access to information <br />I’m for democratized participation...<br />You?<br />
  17. 17. Thanks for your attention <br />http://blansh.wordpress.com/ <br />blansh.arm@gmail.com<br />http://www.twitter,com/blansh.arm<br />http://www.linkedin.com/in/blansh<br />http://www.slideshare.net/blansh<br />

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