In less than a year, namely on July 1, 2015 Armenia will complete the digitalization of TV broadcasting. However, there still remain unresolved legal, technical and social issues. Ashot Melikyan, Head of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, believes the current RA Law on Television and Radio, full of drawbacks, “is not enough to make this transition.
“Europe learnt its lesson from the two World Wars. And its greatest achievement is the European Union established in the aftermath of World War II which is a peace zone now,” said Reiner Morell, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia at the Media Center initiated press conference. The joint press conference was attended by Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Armenia Katherine Leach.
“The parliamentary journalists’ accreditation procedure originally had flaws, and journalists should have voiced their concerns,” said Ashot Melikyan, Chairman at the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, at the Media Center initiated press conference.
Within the framework of the “Media Bus” project 10 journalists and bloggers from Turkey are currently visiting Armenia. They have been traveling through Turkey and Armenia with 10 Armenian colleagues.
“For me as a professional, it is a life-changing possibility to get to know Armenian colleagues and see Armenia … It is impossible to establish relations between the two countries until the two nations know one another,” said Hüseyin Hayatsever, freelance journalist, today at the Media Center hosted press conference.
“It is proved that Harutyun Sargsyan could not have been involved in Karen Yesayan’s murder. There is no reasonable evidence.” At the Media Center initiated press conference Lusine Sahakyan, Harutyun Sargsyan’s defender, and Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of Armenia’s Helsinki Committee, shared their thoughts on the murder case of Karen Yesayan, fiancé of Gyumri Ex-Mayor Vardan Ghukasyan’s daughter.
Two years ago Harutyun Sargsyan, who is the son of Samvel Sargsyan, former chief of police for the town of Ani, was detained for Karen Yesayan’s murder.
The official opening ceremony of “Striding Imprints: Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan, and Tigran Kirakosyan in Tallinn” exhibition will be held at the United Nations Office in Armenia on October 21.
The two-week exhibition will feature pieces created with techniques of offset lithography, etching and monotype by artists Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan. The works were created during the artists’ visit to Tallinn, Estonia.
On October 19 the voter turnout at local elections in 14 communities in eight regions of Armenia was low. At the Media Center hosted press conference Yeghiazar Davtyan, Coordinator at Martuni’s Women Community Council, said that in Gegharkunik Region, particularly, the low voter turnout was conditioned by emigration though there is indifference as well. For instance, one of the communities had only one candidate nominated. “People already know that very candidate is sure to win without their active participation.”
The report prepared by the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) with support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, analyzes the implementation of the Government’s Action Plan on Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting. TV digitalization is scheduled for July 2015.
Struggle against corruption is not only a function of authorities, it is necessary to create a public demand for fight against corruption. With respect to corruption perception, there has not been a significant change in Armenia although little progress evolved from the application of e-governance system, but the result is still unsatisfactory.
“The RA Police Disciplinary Committee is a mere formality and does not serve its mission,” said Arman Danielyan, Head of “Civil Society Institute” NGO, who has lately announced his intention to secede from the Disciplinary Committee. The Media Center hosted press conference was also attended by Meruzhan Hakobyan, Head of the Legal Department at the RA Police.
Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) membership will never benefit Armenia. As a result of one-year negotiations, Armenia is now in economic and political isolation.
The speakers at the Media Center initiated online debate entitled “EEU Membership: Security or Economic Regress” included: Zoya Tadevosyan (Associate Professor at the Chair of International Economic Relations at ASUE, Doctor of Economics), Atom Margaryan (Dean of the Department of Regulation of Economy and International Economic Relations at ASUE), Gharib Harutyunyan (Head of Compass research center, Economics PhD), Vardan Bostanjyan (Doctor of Economics, professor), Hovhannes Igityan (former head of the NA Committee of International Relations, international expert), and Ashot Yeghiazaryan (economist expert).
The backbone of any country is its judicial system. The more independent the judicial system is, the stronger the backbone of a democratic state particularly is. Avetik Ishkhanyan, Chairman of Armenia's Helsinki Committee, and Haykuhi Harutyunyan, Head of “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO, assessed the extent to which the right to fair trial described in the Constitution and the European Convention is realized in Armenia.
“The concept of "maternity benefit" will also provide benefits to nearly 30 million unemployed mothers,” state officials. The lawyers and citizens, who speak against the idea, say that working women should receive maternity benefits, concurrently claiming that the Government's proposed legislative amendment is not the establishment of social justice but a discriminatory approach to working and non-working women.
With respect to speech and press freedoms, Armenia is in a better situation than Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But when recalling “such sad cases as the incident with the Russian Ambassador to Armenia Volinkin who taught Armenian authorities how to deal with non-governmental organizations,” it is still possible that Armenia may be forced to limit the freedom of speech.
The winner of the first Seedstars Yerevan Startup Competition is Solo Learn which offers its users both Makeup and HTML tutorials on its interactive and gamified learning platform. The winner is invited to Geneva, Switzerland to represent their startup and Armenia in the Final World Startup Competition on Fabruary 4, 2015.