From 21 to 30 November, 2019, the “Media Advocate” initiative followed online media reports on the Minister Arayik Harutyunyan’s personality and activities. 35 leading Armenian news agencies have been monitored.
In the specified period, 472 articles were declared, 194 of which were negative, 25 were positive and 253 were neutral.
Minister Arayik Harutyunyan remains in the spotlight of criticism. Numerous critical articles have been published on the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport.
YSU student Gevorg Gyulumyan noted that they would like to meet with the Minister and added that they will wait for the Minister at YSU so that the meeting is open. He also added that they will ask the minister to either work or go home.
According to media reports, Yervand Serobyan, who is sponsored by the Minister Arayik Harutyunyan, does not want to give the university employees bonuses at the end of the year.
Artsvik Minasyan noted that they demanded Arayik Harutyunyan’s resignation and that their demand remains in force. He added that they realize, the right to dismiss Arayik Harutyunyan belongs to Nikol Pashinyan. According to Artsvik Minasyan, the ball is in their court. According to the former minister, Arayik Harutyunyan has not done anything positive yet.
It is noted that while various youth groups are holding protests and student strikes, Minister Arayik Harutyunyan is on a tour. He was in Moscow on November 21 and in Belgium on November 22. Then he returned to Yerevan to take part in the 80th anniversary concert of Robert Amirkhanyan with Nikol Pashinyan.
(Armenian Revolutionary Federation) ARF youth wing also welcomed Arayik Harutyunyan in Brussels with protest actions and noted that the ARF is united and there is no such phenomenon as internal or external “dashnaktsakan” (a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation).
Media notes that, according to Eduard Aghajanyan’s speech delivered back in 2017, Arayik Harutyunyan failed as a member of the “Civil Contract” party.
It turns out that mainly students and “Dashnaks”, are complaining against Arayik Harutyunyan and fight for not excluding the Armenian language, literature and history from the list of compulsory subjects.