April 6, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn April 6, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. The “COVID-19 Armenia” fact-finding group has issued a statement: “We think that during the state of emergency established within the framework of the acts against coronavirus, it is necessary to ensure the principle of legality, to…

April 5, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn April 5, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. According to Facebook users and news reports, the activity of Joni Brjoni, a user who recently became known on the Social Networks, is actually instructed by the authorities in order to divert the public’s attention from…

April 4, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn April 4, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. The system of fixing the movement of citizens and the range of phone calls in order to detect those infected with coronavirus is not yet fully ready, – stated Nikol Pashinyan’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan. She expressed…

Summary of the observation mission of the Artsakh general elections

Based on the results of the observation mission of the General Elections held in the Republic of Artsakh, which I carried out as a short-term observer from the “Media Advocate” initiative, I can confidently state and summarize the following: These nationwide elections have been unprecedented in many of their manifestations and have become a real…

April 3, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn April 3, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for the Europe and Central Asia Division, Giorgi Gogia referring to the amendments to the Law on the Legal Regime of the State of Emergency and the Law on Electronic Communications,…

RFE/RL’s Infographic

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service has introduced an infographic on coronavirus in Armenia, reflecting the number of people infected by days. This infographic contained obvious manipulations. At first glance, the infection curve was downward, and there was an impression that the number of infected people was gradually decreasing, while, vice versa, the numbers of…

It is enough to set up Signal 😬))

The draft law on the control of telephone conversations, which was adopted in the first reading, and failed in the second, as a result of which, the government officials convened an extraordinary session without opposition representatives, evoked panic among the authorities themselves. They are actively setting up Signal, even though they were assuring citizens that…

Questions raised by media are ignored

As a result of Coronavirus outbreak, reporters send their questions online in order them to be raised during the press conferences of government officials. According to the set rules, these questions should be raised, but we have a situation where questions raised by several media outlets are actually ignored. Lurer.com, Hraparak.am, Antifake.am, Analitik.am, Goris Today,…

The Commandant’s Office ignores the issues raised by the media, dividing them into insiders and outsiders: “Media Advocate” Initiative

In a state of emergency, the Commandant’s Office had set rules for the game and had promised to respond to questions of media sent online has not responded to antifake.am’s questions for the second time in a row. Numerous attempts to attract attention and raise questions by the same news agency have been also ignored…

April 2, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn April 2, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. A number of NGOs have issued a statement on the adoption of the Law on Electronic Communication which envisages the collection of movement, calls and SMS data of customers receiving public electronic communications services. The statement…

The Government tries to push through the law taking advantage of the situation

Today, the Government of the Republic of Armenia by the suggestion of the Minister of Environment, decided to amend the Law on Freedom of Information, according to which the provision of information may be denied under certain conditions. Some remarks and facts related to this decision are as follows: – It was included in the…

April 1, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn April 1, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. Hraparak daily reported that following one of the articles published on March 31, police launched an administrative case against the newspaper. “The golden age of the authorities has come; they ca impose great financial penalties on…

A journalist was hit in the Artsakh polling station

A journalist of the LuysPress.am Information Analytical Center was hit by some individuals at the 7/1 polling station in Shushi. Following the incident a report was submitted to the police on the matter of aggressive behavior, violence, assault, and obstruction. “Media Advocate” urges the police to be consistent and to punish the perpetrators in accordance…

“Media Advocate” urges the authorities not to use the epidemic for political purposes

The National Assembly adopted the Draft Law on Amendments to the RA Law on Legal Regime of State of Emergency and the Law on Electronic Communication with 71 votes in favor.According to this project, in emergency state, the movement, calls and SMS data of individual citizens using telecommunications operators, will be collected and may be…

March 31, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 31, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. The National Assembly with 69 for and one abstention.passed the draft law on fixing the phone calls of coronavirus-infected individuals in order to find the people they had contacts with as soon as possible. It should…

AntiFake.am’s questions were not voiced during Avinyan’s press conference

Editor-in-chief of Antifake.am news agency, Astghik Matevosyan reports that, Antifake.am’s questions sent online were not voiced during Commandant Tigran Avinyan’s press conference. She also appealed to “Media Advocate” initiative to be consistent with this issue. We recorded that Hraparak.am had the same problem. The news outlet, in particular asked several questions to Tigran Avinyan, one…

 “Media Advocate” will observe the Artsakh general elections

Today is a day of silence in Artsakh, which means that the pre-election campaign is forbidden. Tomorrow the presidential and National Assembly elections will be held. 14 presidential candidates will participate in the elections. The number of participants in the parliamentary election is unprecedented as well- 10 parties and 2 alliances, with a total of…

“Media Advocate” Initiative condemns the existence of such a project

The National Assembly in the first reading, with 57 for, 24 against and 1 abstention, adopted the Draft Laws on Amendments to the RA Law on Legal Regime of State of Emergency and the Law on Electronic Communication. According to the draft law, the customer’s location will be found out through the operator used by…

March 30, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 30, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. The National Assembly in the first reading, with 57 for, 24 against and 1 abstention, adopted the Draft Laws on Amendments to the RA Law on Legal Regime of State of Emergency and the Law on…

Where and when will journalists and observers be tested? The Commandant’s Office is unorganized

Only a day is left for the Artsakh elections, but the Commandant’s Office has no clear information on how and where they will test against the coronavirus, what kind of checks will be carried out at the border checkpoint, whether they refer only to observers or journalists. The Commandant’s Office is unorganized; they do not…

March 29, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 29, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. Journalist Vahe Davtyan posted an update on his Facebook page according to which there are four new cases of a new type of Coronavirus infection in Meghri and added that the ones who had contacts with…

March 28, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 28, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. The Commandant’s Office has denied the news published by Operativ.am, according to which 3 people had died in Armenia because of Coronavirus. They stated that such news is based only on assumptions and noted that the…

ATTENTION TO THOSE CONDUCTING OBSERVATION MISSION

“Media Advocate” initiative of the Armenian Center for Political and International Studies (ACPIS) NGO received accreditation for conducting an observation mission during Artsakh elections scheduled for March 31. Considering the situation caused by the new type of coronavirus and restrictions established by the Commandant’s Office, as well as our commitment to ensure a proper observation…

March 27, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 27, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. According to editor-in-chief of Politik.am news agency, Boris Murazi, he received a call from Prime Minister’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan after they published information that a 70-year-old man who died in Gyumri, was suspected to have coronavirus.…

March 26, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 26, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. “Media Advocate” Initiative collected all the coronavirus-related materials and summarized the results of the monitoring. When conducting its research, the Initiative noticed that the speech of the Director-General of the World Health Organization Adhanom Ghebreyesus was…

Public Television Company decides whether to broadcast the news or not

During its yesterday’s broadcasts’ Public Television reported that changes had been made to the provisions on media activity, in particular, when airing programs without official information, the media outlets should publish the refutation or clarification provided by the Commandant’s Office within two hours. In the headlines of the materials copied from foreign media on the…

Print media activity is terminated

“Media Advocate” Initiative was informed that by the decision of the Commander’s Office, the print media activity was terminated. It is understandable that coronavirus is spreading rapidly and this step is aimed at preventing the spread of the virus, but given the methods used against the media, one may have an impression that the only…

In times of crisis the government is creating a new crisis for television companies

The draft law on amending and supplementing the RA Law on Television and Radio was adopted by the National Assembly in the first reading. As a result, Public Television was given the opportunity to broadcast commercial advertising. Thus, many private television companies that are not state- funded will undergo a crisis. Public TV receives $…

March 25, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 25, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. Head of the Department for Drafting Anti-Corruption and Penitentiary Policies of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, Arpine Sargsyan speaking at a press conference at the government, noted: “We did not exclude cases…

 The media platform of the Commandant’s Office failed to work together

“Public Relations and Information Center” (PRIC) State Non-Commercial Organization (SNCO) head Hovhannes Movsisyan wrote on his Facebook page that it is not mandatory for journalists to fill out a special form if they carry a badge with them. “Media Advocate” Initiative states that the media platform of the Commandant’s Office failed to cooperate and work…

March 24, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 24, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. According to press reports, Press Stands will be closed from March 25. Representatives of the print media consider this as an attempt to silence the print media. On March 24, Prime Minister’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan stated…

March 23, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 23, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. Responding to Hetq journalist’s questions, Deputy Chief of Police Hayk Mhryan noted that police departments had worked with 22 media outlets, urging them to remove information that was inconsistent with demands of the government in particular…

Incident occurred between Gagik Tsarukyan and journalists

When conducting its monitoring “Media Advocate” Initiative noticed an incident which occurred between Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) leader Gagik Tsarukyan and the journalists during a briefing. The journalist asked Gagik Tsarukyan whether he is going pay the employees for a forced outage. The PAP leader insulted the journalist, saying; “Girl, how long you may make…

Media restrictions may be abolished

n March 22, Petros Ghazaryan hosted Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan in Public Television’s pavilion. Referring to the media restrictions, Petros Ghazaryan noted that they are not really effective, to which Tigran Avinyan responded that there is be a possibility that the media restrictions are abolished after a short period of time. Again, we are…

March 22, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 22, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. Summarizing the March 22 data, “Media Advocate” Initiative reports that during the day the Commandant’s Office did not apply to the media outlets with the demand to remove any of the materials published. “Media Advocate” initiative…

March 21, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

Օn March 21, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office with the media in emergency situation. The Commandant’s Office continues demanding from media outlets and Facebook users to remove certain publications. Petros Ghazaryan, head of the Public Television’s news and analytical service, responded to Aravot.am query, noting that police had instructed to…

March 20, Monitoring Results of Media Activity Restrictions in an Emergency Situation

On March 20, “Media Advocate” Initiative monitored the work of the Commandant’s office in emergency situation. According to press publications, a number of media outlets and Facebook users were instructed to remove the published material. According to the editor-in-chief of Tert.am, Aram Antinyan, they were forced to delete a publication, where Hollywood actor Idris Elba…

“Media Advocate” Initiative starts monitoring of restriction cases of media activity and censorship conducted by the Commandant’s Office

In a state of emergency, “Media Advocate” Initiative starts monitoring of restriction cases of media activity and censorship conducted by the Commandant’s Office. Freedom of speech and the free operation of the media are two of the most important values ​​of modern societies, and they must be protected at all costs. As a result of…

In a state of emergency, restrictions are natural, but they should be reasonable

National Assembly deputy Vahagn Tevosyan expressed a concern on his Facebook page related to the fact that media editors are sending out a long query to the Commandant’s Office which is currently working in overstrained conditions. Mentioning a few points what journalists should do, Vahagn Tevosyan demanded from them not to bother them in case…

Many negative articles were published on ESCS Minister

From 1 to 10 March, 2020, 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, 403 articles were declared, 57 of which were negative, 11 were positive and 335 were neutral. Many negative articles were published…

Many negative articles were published on ESCS Minister

From 1 to 10 March, 2020, 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, 403 articles were declared, 57 of which were negative, 11 were positive and 335 were neutral. Many negative articles were published…

“Media Advocate” fully shares the concerns expressed in the statement of the Journalists’ Union of Armenia and media editors

“Media Advocate” fully shares the concerns expressed in the statement of the Journalists’ Union of Armenia and media editors as well as urges commandant Avinyan to clarify the proposed questions as soon as possible. Considering the international experience of operating in a state of emergency, “Media Advocate” Initiative believes that the Commandant’s office and the…

Paid advertisement aired on Public Television will be destructive for private TV companies

“Media Advocate” Initiative states that it fully shares the concern of Prosperous Armenia Party MP Iveta Tonoyan presented during the sitting of the Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Diaspora, Youth and Sport of the National Assembly. According to it, the paid advertisement aired on Public Television will be destructive for private TV companies. Iveta…

RSF criticizes restriction on freedom of information in Armenia

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has criticized on Twitter the Armenian government’s decision to place restrictions on information posts. On March 16, RSF posted: “Armenia declares state of emergency and compels media to quote only official sources. Controlling infos doesn’t help to fight epidemia but spread rumors and fear!” As of March 18, the official website of…

Many negative articles were published on Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan

From 1 to 10 March, 2020, the “Media Advocate” initiative followed online media reports on the mayor of Yerevan, Hayk Marutyan’s personality and activities. 35 leading Armenian news agencies have been monitored. In the specified period, 150 articles were declared, 62 of which were negative, 1 was positive and 87 were neutral. Many negative articles…

On March 16, Public Television Allocated 38 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

Օn March 16, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 38 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum․ Only neutral information was presented. During a special session of the National Assembly, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated: “In a state of emergency, a referendum can not take place. It will…

“Media Advocate” Met with ARF Supreme Body Member Artsvik Minasyan

“Media Advocate” Initiative continues series of meetings within the framework of its observation mission of the April 5 referendum on amendments to the RA Constitution. This time “Media Advocate” met with Artsvik Minasyan, a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Supreme Body of Armenia. Issues related to campaign and the forthcoming referendum were discussed.…

ESCS Minister goes beyond borders: “Media Advocate” urges not to label journalists

The news spread that Tatevik Revazyan had traveled to Denmark to deliver her baby as it is safer there. One could find no insult in the article. Tatevik Revazyan, herself, also responded to the article. Minister Arayik Harutyunyan, however, called the author of the article ignorant. We urge Arayik Harutyunyan not to go beyond the…

On March 15, Public Television Allocated 6 Minutes 10 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 15, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 6 minutes 10 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute of which was allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 1 minute to the “YES” supporters and 4 minutes 10 seconds were neutral remarks. The Public…

On March 14, Public Television Allocated 7 Minutes 10 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 14, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 7 minutes 10 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute of  which was allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 1 minute to the “YES” supporters and 5 minutes 10 seconds were neutral remarks. The Public…

On March 13, Public Television Allocated 6 Minutes 20 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 13, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 6 minutes 20 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute of  which was allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 1 minute to the “YES” supporters and 4 minutes 20 seconds were neutral remarks. The Public…

On March 12, Public Television Allocated 21 Minutes 30 Seconds to the “YES” headquarters and 10 minutes 40 seconds to the “NO” campaign side

On March 12, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 35 minutes 10 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 10 minute 40 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 21 minutes 30 seconds to the “YES” supporters, and 3 minutes were neutral remarks.…

During the third week of the referendum campaign, the Public Television of Armenia allocated twice as much time to the “Yes” campaign as to the “NO”

From March 5 to March 11, 2020, the Public Television of Armenia allocated 193 minutes 51 seconds of its air to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 53 minutes 8 seconds of which were allocated to the “NO” campaign, 109 minutes 35 seconds to the “YES” campaign and 31 minutes 8 seconds were neutral remarks.…

“Media Advocate” met with Bright Armenia Party MPs

“Media Advocate” Initiative conducts a series of meetings within the framework of its observation mission of the April 5 referendum on amendments to the RA Constitution. This time “Media Advocate” met with Bright Armenia Party MPs Ani Samsonyan and Gevorg Gorgisyan. The deputies presented their views on the referendum. “Media Advcoate” in its turn presented…

On March 11, Public Television Allocated 42 Minutes to the “YES” headquarters and 22 minutes 22 seconds to the “NO” campaign side

On March 11, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 91 minutes 27 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 22 minute 22 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 42 minutes to the “YES” supporters, 27 minutes 5 seconds were neutral remarks. The…

Armen Tavadyan was released

5th Channel owner Armen Tavadyan was released from the National Security Service’s isolation cell yesterday by a decision of the Court of Appeals. In fact, it took 79 days to realize that Tavadyan had nothing to do with the indictment and that the lawyers assertion, according to which case is fake, corresponds to reality. In…

“Media Advocate” met with RPA Vice President Armen Ashotyan

As we have already informed, “Media Advocate” Initiative conducts a series of meetings within the framework of its observation mission of the April 5 referendum on amendments to the RA Constitution. This time “Media Advocate” met with Armen Ashotyan, Vice President of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA). The RPA Vice President informed about their…

“Media Advocate” met with Ara Hakobyan, Chairman of the National Agenda Party Board

As we have already informed, “Media Advocate” Initiative conducts a series of meetings within the framework of its observation mission of the April 5 referendum on amendments to the RA Constitution. “Media Advocate” met with Ara Hakobyan, Chairman of the Board of the National Agenda Party. “Media Advocate” Initiative presented its observations on the campaign.…

On March 10, Public Television Allocated 27 Minutes to the “YES” headquarters and 13 minutes 5 seconds to the “NO” campaign side

On March 10, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 40 minutes 25 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 13 minute 5 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 27 minutes 20 seconds to the “YES” supporters, no neutral remarks were presented. The…

On March 9, Public Television Allocated 33 Minutes to the “YES” headquarters and 2 minutes 46 seconds to the “NO” campaign side

On March 9, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 27 minutes 39 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 2 minute 46 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 23 minutes to the “YES” supporters, and 1 minutes 53 seconds neutral remarks were…

“Media Advocate” met the coordinator of “No” campaign side Ruben Melikyan

“Media Advocate” Initiative conducted a meeting with the coordinator of “No” campaign side, human rights activist Ruben Melikyan. During the meeting Melikyan presented the principles of the campaign activities. He informed that they cooperate with the various political and public forces opposing the referendum. At the same time, the focus of the group of lawyers is…

“Media Advocate” Initiated Series of Meetings within the framework of April 5 Constitutional Referendum Campaign

Satik Seyranyan, President of the Union of Journalists, highlighted the importance of media impartiality and comprehensive media coverage during this pre-election period. She also expressed concern about the possible dangers of criminalizing hate speech. In fact, it may be used against freedom of speech. The president of the Union of Journalists noted that they are…

On March 8, Public Television Allocated 3 Minutes 20 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 8, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 3 minutes 20 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute 5 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 2 minutes 15 seconds to the “YES” supporters, no neutral remarks were presented. The…

On March 7, Public Television Allocated 13 Minutes 5 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 7, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 13 minutes 5 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 7 minutes 40 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 5 minutes 25 seconds to the “YES” supporters, no neutral remarks were presented. The Public…

On March 6, Public Television Allocated 15 Minutes 40 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 6, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 15 minutes 40 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 5 minutes of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 8 minutes 30 seconds to the “YES” supporters, 2 minutes 10 seconds were neutral remarks. The…

“Media Advocate” Initiative: Artsakh Republic presidential candidate Masis Mayilyan and his supporters hindered media activity

On March 6, during the Askeran meeting with the Artsakh Republic presidential candidate Masis Mayilyan, and the leader of the “United Homeland” Party Samvel Babayan, an incident occurred which may cast a shadow over the free and democratic nature of the presidential election campaign currently being conducted in Artsakh. Presidential candidate Masis Mayilyan and his…

Negative articles were published on Arsen Torosyan

From 21 to 29 February, 2020, 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, 534 articles were declared, 186 of which were negative, 9 were positive and 339 were neutral. Numerous negative…

On March 5, Public Television Allocated 2 Minutes 15 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 5, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 2 minutes 15 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute 10 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 1 minutes 5 seconds to the “YES” supporters: no neutral remarks were presented. The…

“Media Advocate” to carry out observation mission during Artsakh general elections scheduled on March 31

For the first time in Artsakh the public will elect the President and the Speaker of the National Assembly on the same day. “Media Advocate” applied to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and received accreditation for conducting an observation mission. We would like to inform you that our team will observe the parliamentary and presidential…

“Media Advocate” Initiative: Public TV’s Working Style is a Matter od Concern as for the Second Consecutive Week, Public Television Continues Allocating More Airtime to the “YES” Campaign

From February 24 to March 4, 2020, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers allocated 160 minutes 16 seconds of its air to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 19 minutes 45 seconds of which were allocated to the “NO” campaign, 38 minutes 41 seconds to the “YES” campaign and 101…

On March 4, Public Television Allocated 6 Minutes 20 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 4, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 6 minutes 20 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute 5 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 5 minutes 15 seconds to the “YES” supporters: no neutral remarks were presented. The…

On March 3, Public Television Allocated 11 Minutes 20 Seconds to the Topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 3, the Public Television of Armenia, operating at the expense of taxpayers, allocated 11 minutes 20 seconds to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 3 minute 45 seconds of which were allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 2 minutes to the “YES” supporters and 5 minutes 35 seconds were neutral remarks.…

Dean of YSU Faculty of Physics Threatens Free Speech and Free Media Activity: “Media Advocate” Initiative

Rafik Hakobyan, Dean of the Faculty of Physics at Yerevan State University, publicly calls for “cleansing of the judicial system” and then “cleansing of the fourth estate.” We draw the attention of the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, the Chairman of YSU Board of Trustees and the Acting Rector of YSU to the…

Negative articles published on ESCS Minister prevail

From 11 to 20 February, 2020, 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, 276 articles were declared, 63 of which were negative, 21 were positive and 192 were neutral. During the monitoring period negative…

On March 1 Public Television Allocated 2 Minutes to the topic of the Constitutional Referendum

On March 1, the Public Television of Armenia allocated 2 minutes to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute of which was allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 1 minute to the “YES” supporters, no neutral remarks were presented. The Public TV aired “YES” and “NO” campaign video clips of up to 1-minute…

Passive campaign on the last day of winter

On February 29, the Public Television of Armenia allocated 43 minutes to the topic of the constitutional referendum, 1 minute of which was allocated to the supporters of the “NO” campaign, 3 minutes to the “YES” supporters and 39 minutes were neutral remarks. The Public TV also aired “YES” and “NO” campaign video clips of up…