From 1 to 10 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, 1385 articles were declared, 908 of which were negative, 139 were positive and 338 were neutral.
Minister Arayik Harutyunyan continues to be the target of criticism. This should be of concern to the Department of Public Relations of the Ministry.
The founder of “VETO” NGO Narek Malyan lit a candle with colorful smoke in front of the office of “Open Society Foundations”. According to Malyan, that smoke is a sign of protest against the Minister. With this step, Narek Malyan expressed his support to the youth fighting against the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science, Culture and Sport. Various ARF (Armenian Revolutionary Foundation) youth organizations demand the minister’s resignation. Students from Northern University have also started a student strike.
Referring to Arayik Harutyunyan’s statement on criminal cases and misuses, Artsvik Minasyan said that he could not be prosecuted as his steps were based on the state interest. Referring to the meeting of the minister and the professors, he added that if he had to meet that way, it would be better not to meet at all. Narine Dilbaryan also spoke about the meeting between the teaching staff and the minister and said that Arayik Harutyunyan was not friendly from the beginning.
The press reports that the minister told his close people that students who had been protesting for two weeks and had not taken interim exams, actually neglected the education and will not graduate from university. This news has been a subject of criticism.
The meeting with LGBT community representative Karabina has also been criticized and discussed for several months.