From 21 to 30 November, 2019, the “Media Advocate” initiative followed online media reports on the RA Minister of Health, Arsen Torosyan’s personality and activities.
35 leading Armenian news agencies have been monitored.
In the specified period, 196 articles were declared, 70 of which were negative, 7 were positive and 119 were neutral.
Arsen Torosyan remains the most criticized politician according to the monitoring results of last two months. Negative articles prevail during this ten-day monitoring period as well.
Speaking about the comprehensive health insurance draft proposed by the Minister of Health, chairman of the Armenian Healthcare National Council, urologist Gevorg Grigoryan, noted that the idea itself is great, but the methods are wrong. “As an idea, it is great, but like other projects presented by Arsen Torosyan, implementation problems occur in this case as well, there are corruption risks and it is not based on social justice principle.”
In general, this project has caused a wave of criticism. Along with Gevorg Gevorgyan, many experts and public figures also find that the project has corruption risks. They mention that Arsen Torosyan wants to act like Robin Hood; to take from us and give to others.
It is noted that Arsen Torosyan is in confrontation with the National Assembly on various issues. A number of My Step MPs, for example Lusine Badalyan, have criticized Torosyan’s proposed draft. Many of My Step fraction representatives have not denied that this project has certain corruption risks.
According to publications, it is noteworthy that those who previously opposed the 5% pension fund are now in favour of 6% retention. In the past, it was considered robbery, and now, according to them, it’s nothing but care.
Arsen Torosyan’s membership in the Armenian Football Federation Executive Committee has also been criticized. According to the “Red Eagles” fan club, Arsen Torosyan, being a member of the Executive Committee, made only political statements and criticized Artur Vanetsyan.
The conflict between Davit Sanasaryan and Arsen Torosyan continues. Recently David Sanasaryan has mentioned that he is not going to take part in mutual insults and to refer to Arsen Torosyan, according to him, there are more important problems in Armenia.