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Mounting concern about press freedom in Armenia

first_imgArmenia is ranked 79th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, five places lower than in the 2016 Index. April 6, 2018 Mounting concern about press freedom in Armenia News April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further Credit: Karen Minasyan / AFP Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Armenia June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expression News November 11, 2020 Find out more Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News As Armen Sarkissian, the first Armenian president to elected by parliament, prepares to take office on 9 April, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that halting the decline in media freedom will be a major task facing Armenia’s government.“We are disturbed by the downward trend in respect for press freedom in Armenia and we urge parliament to reconsider recent legislative initiatives reducing the right of access to information and obstructing journalists’ work,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The authorities must also conduct full and impartial investigations into acts of violence against journalists and end impunity for such acts.”Right to information threatenedRSF is concerned about a series of legislative initiatives reducing journalists’ access to information in the public interest, the latest of which keep reporters away from the places where the authorities take decisions.Under legislative amendments passed by parliament on 23 March, without prior discussion with the journalistic community, government ministers will no longer be able to give interviews without the prime minister’s permission, and reporters will not normally be allowed to attend government meetings, including cabinet meetings, which will be held behind closed doors.A local government law approved the same day included a surprise, last-minute amendment that deprives journalists of access to the city hall in the capital, Yerevan. They will be restricted to a separate press centre and will not be able to attend municipal council meetings without the mayor’s prior authorization.The amendment was added to the law at its second reading, and its hasty adoption is attributed to an incident at a municipal council meeting in February, when reporters were able to provide live TV coverage of municipal officials and ruling party members using violence against an opposition representative.In 2017, media and civil society representatives campaigned against a law proposed by the justice ministry restricting access to state-held information. Its provisions were much less liberal than those in place for the past 14 years. In a bid to defuse tension, the bill’s adoption was postponed for six months in December, but local NGOs are still calling for it to be scrapped or for a proper process of consultation.The lack of consultation is a recurring problem. Journalists did not learn about major amendments to the law on protection of personal data until two months after their adoption in early 2017. The amendments impose drastic curbs on the media’s ability to gather and publish personal information, forcing them to obtain the consent of the persons concerned, regardless of their status.By eliminating the exemption that journalists previously enjoyed, the law now contradicts Armenia’s media law, which allows the publication of information about a person’s family and private life if a public interest is served. Investigative reporting is now endangered because public figures could sue journalists for revealing personal information even if the journalists were investigating corruption, for example.Rising violence, continuing impunityThe number of attacks on media personnel has increased in recent years and at least 17 journalists were the victims of violence in 2017.The 2017 parliamentary election campaign was the most fraught period. Shoghik Galstyan and Hayk Petrosyan of the news website Araratnews.am and Sisak Gabrielyan of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Armenian service were attacked near the headquarters of one of the candidates in Yerevan on election day itself.Three other journalists were previously the victims of violence during the election campaign, while several journalists were threatened and prevented from covering the voting.Surge in defamation suitsLast year also saw a big surge in the number of legal actions against journalists and media outlets. A total of 60 lawsuits were filed in 2017, more than three times the 2016 total of 17, and more than at any time since defamation was decriminalized in 2010.No fewer than 30 complaints were brought in March 2017 alone against Daniel Ioannisyan, the founder of the fact-checking website Sut.am and an NGO called the Union of Informed Citizens. None of the cases prospered in court. 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NCAA Season 93 Preview: Stags hope to learn from last year’s woes

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “With what I’m seeing, the character of the boys and the character of the team is already there. Their willingness to win is evident,” he said.The Golden Stags went 7-2 in the second round last year, but their ascent to the Final Four was hampered by their woeful 1-8 showing in the first round, including a nine-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMacaraya wants nothing of that again, especially with San Sebastian serving as this season’s hosts.“I hope we avoid that because whatever we worked for in the past year will go to waste if we don’t learn from that experience and struggle in the first round,” he said. The soft-spoken mentor will be bringing in an almost intact roster this coming year, with Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, and RK Ilagan leading the fort.And Macaraya is optimistic that the bitter memories of the past will be enough to propel the Golden Stags back into the Final Four.“I guess with what we’re showing, everyone is stepping up to win games. If that happens, we’ll have a good season,” he said.But for San Sebastian to do just that, Macaraya feels that the effort should be consistent as they try to fan their title hopes this coming NCAA season.“I hope we sustain whatever good things we’re doing,” he said. “We promise that every game of ours will be exciting. The boys will be aggressive and people will see how competitive we are no matter who our opponent is.”ADVERTISEMENT Red Cubs eye to regain NCAA crown Head coach: Egay MacarayaLast Season: 8-10 (7th)Holdovers: Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, Jason DavidKey losses: Jerick FabianKey additions: Renzo NavarroNow on his second year at the helm for San Sebastian, coach Egay Macaraya is keeping the faith that last year’s lessons are already ingrained in his players’ minds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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