After the revolution the situation in media realm has changed. This was the topic of July 25 Media Center discussion on Media: New Authorities, Tendencies to be Concerned About, with the speakers being Ara Shirinyan, director, Anna Pambukhchyan, Union of Informed Citizens NGO media expert, Ashot Melikyan, president to Protect Freedom of Expression, Artur Sakunts, head of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office and Samvel Martirosyan, media expert.
Ara Shirinyan thinks that the situation in the country has definitely changed, , but the situation in the press remains the same. The public perception regarding press is on its way to change.
“The society is dictating a new requirement to the media – that is a higher quality, more progessional and more competent media.”
Ashot Melikyan thinks that before March 23 one would hardly imagine that the head of state would speak live about his working day and decisions. Before it was vice versa, the head of state interacting with selected media and those feeling privileged rather than considering that professionally indecent.
Anna Pambukhchyan noted that previously there was considerable self-censorship, with people before posting on social media used to think and now are free to express. She thinks it s both good and bad for a free country as there is negative content and insult. In European countries Facebook would automatically filter it but with the Armenian language it is a difficult task.
“Meanwhile I don’t think there is hate campaigne to the extend it is attempted to show”, Pambukhchyan says.
Samvel Martirosyan thinks post-revolutionary Armenia is undergoing media crisis.
“Words have power. If you publicly declare of information war consequently you declare of crisis.”
Artur Sakunts noted that we all need to adapt to freedom and freedom of speech. The 8 media leaders’ statement sounds weird to him, “I don’t understand the reason behind their unrest. Learn, ladies and gentlemen to work in freedom.”
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