“Armenian mass media has little hate speech - 1%: online media, unfortunately, is the leader in the dissemination of hate speech, which is mainly political by nature, Ashot Melikyan, President of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression NGO, said today during the discussion on ''Hate speech in Armenian mass media'' held at the Media Center.
"There are concrete pressures in schools and kindergartens. The workers are forced to choose the pension funds. There are recorded pressures in "ArmSwissBank", ''Electric Networks of Armenia”, said Davit Manukyan, Political Scientist, Member of Dem.am (I protest!) Initiative. Today a press conference was held at the Media Center by Dem.am Initiative on pension funds illegally forced to the state employees.
“Everything depends on decisions. Being dependent on external forces, Armenia and Azerbaijan are not the countries that may choose war”, political scientist Manvel Sargsyan claimed at the discussion entitled “Recent Incidents along Armenian-Azerbaijani border: Expert Opinion” initiated by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) at the Media Center.
Today in Media Center the AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC) unveiled the very first multimedia e-book of its kind: “The Armenian Highland”, part of AVC’s groundbreaking series of electronic books on Armenian culture and history, which is now available, completely free of charge, on mobile devices and desktop computers.
"Shant and Freedom" Fund was founded in order to support families who are persecuted for their political views.
"There are 15 political prisoners: Shant, his friends, and fighter by the name of Volodya Avetisyan. They have families and children who are in need of moral and material support," said the foundation's founder Felix Hayrapetyan at the conference in the Media Center.
The situation in the Ukrainian capital remains tense, although in video reports provided by news websites things appear to be worse than they are in reality. At a discussion hosted by the Media Center, Dmitri Shulga, European programs director at Renaissance(Відродження) international foundation, pointed out that people that gathered at the Maidan were fighting for the European future they were deprived of after the Vilnius Summit.
“An increase in the price of gas has led to a decrease in the number of greenhouses in Armenia”, said head of Greenhouse Association Research Center, Poghos Gevorgyan, during s discussion at the Media Center.
"I urge all citizens who are not indifferent to join us in our fight against the enactment of unconstitutional laws, for the sake of the Republic of Armenia. Don't be afraid to protest. Don't be afraid to fight for your rights!" exhorted David Manukyan, member of the 'Dem Em!' Initiative, at the Media Center hosted press conference.
A special open session of the National Assembly’s Accounting Committee was held today, at 15:00.The first issue on the agenda was the legality of the December 23 voting on the agreement on the purchase and sale terms of shares of ArmRosGazprom CJSC and its further activities. The government officials have been notified about the results of the session.
Laws of the gangland continue to effectively function in the criminal-executive institutions (CEI): “criminal” laws prevail over Armenian regulatory legal acts. Robert Revazyan, head of the monitoring group of public control over criminal-executive institutions and bodies under the Ministry of Justice, has come to this conclusion during his daily activity.
In Armenia every eighth out of ten imprisoned women is a mother, and these women face problems with seeing their children. Imprisonment has a worse impact on women than on men. 80% of imprisoned women face psychic disorders; they are more frequently stigmatized than men. Besides, husbands of imprisoned women pay them less visits in places of detention than women do.
“Of course, the judicial system is catastrophic, but I would put the Police in the first place this year. When Vova Gasparyan took the position, he acted as Messiah in front of the people, whereas in reality we were the witnesses of all that violent incidents”, Janna Alexanyan, head of the “Journalists for Human Rights” NGO, thinks the situation of human rights in 2013 was.
“Pack up your suitcases with unique ideas and come to Zvartnots International Airport, not for departure, but a big inspirational Flight, head of Public Journalism Club and coorganizer of Hackathon[YAN] 2013 Seda Muradyan called on the participants of the contest.