Online Media Coverage of the Artsakh Conflict

From 1 to 15 April, 2019, online media coverage of the Artsakh conflict was in the spotlight of “Media Advocate” initiative. 34 leading news agencies have been monitored. The articles were selected through international analytical programs.

3 categories were selected: News / Analysis / Opinion

In addition, the materials have also been segmented as negative / positive / neutral

The articles that do not reflect the policies and ideas of the authorities are negative, the ones that represent the views of authorities are positive, and finally those articles which express comprehensive opinions or which are official releases are neutral.

During the specified period, 2533 articles were monitored.

The graph (See gr. 1) illustrates the image obtained by combining the results of selected categories and segments. The chart represents the X and Y coordinate axis, where the horizontal coordinate is the segment (positive / negative / neutral), and the vertical one is the category (news / analysis / opinion). During the calculations positive and analytic identifiers were marked with (+), negative and comment (-) signs, neutral and news with (0) number.

Due to various inner political issues, the topic of the Artsakh issue has been less covered during this specified period of monitoring. 2533 articles have been declared, most of which are simply official statements. It is necessary to take into account that a number of events have taken place during this period. The US has issued a statement according to which, the United States expresses its hope that Pashinyan-Aliyev meetings will be continuous. Russia has issued a statement in its turn as well. Mammadyarov-Mnatsakanyan meeting took place. During this very period, Anna Hakobyan’s scandalous statement was actively discussed. The statement was made during her interview with the “Voice of America”. The expert and media field seem not to notice the happening and keep silence.

P.S. The “Media Advocate” initiative will continue to focus on the events; in particular, any encroachment and biased approach to freedom of expression will be harshly assessed.