Afrique Ameriques Asie Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Armenia2 May 2003

Alarm sounded about increasingly frequent physical attacks against journalists

Reporters Without Borders today voiced alarm about the increasingly frequent use of violence against journalists in Armenia, in which the latest victim, Mher Galechian of the twice-weekly opposition newspaper Chorrord Ishxanutiun, was badly beaten by two men on the afternoon of 29 April. He was hospitalised with head injuries but was not in a critical condition.

The authorities say they are investigating the attack, which took place inside the newspaper’s offices in Yerevan. The two assailants had visited the newspaper three days earlier to complain about a report in the previous day’s issue accusing Karlos Petrosian, the head of the Armenian security services, of building a villa with funds of questionable origin. On the day they returned to beat up Galechian, the newspaper had just published a report mentioning their visit.

"We are very worried about the situation of press freedom in Armenia, which has worsened sharply in the past months," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. He noted that the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Erevan, Mark Grigorian, was the target of a grenade attack in October, that the chairman of the state-owned TV broadcaster, Tigran Naghdalian, was gunned down two months later, and at least five journalists were attacked during the presidential elections in February.

"Now Mher Gelechian has been attacked just because feathers were ruffled by an article about a senior official," Ménard added, calling for a thorough investigation to be pursued until those responsible are found and punished.

The organisation deplored the fact that impunity now seems to be the norm in these attacks against opposition journalists, noting that the investigation into the 22 October attack against Grigorian was closed in February without any suspect ever being questioned.




  In this country
30 April - Armenia
Online journalist beaten by unknown assailants
28 November - Armenia
An alleged assailant of journalist Edik Baghdasaryan gives himself up to police
18 August - Armenia
Two Polish journalists denied entry to Armenia in past six days
5 March - Armenia
With news media paralysed and websites inaccessible, government is urged to lift state of emergency
21 February - Armenia
Journalists physically attacked during election campaign

in the annual report
Europe press releases
4 June - Kosovo
Rrokum TV station still excluded by national broadcasting network
2 June - Ukraine
Potential witness’s death deals severe blow to probe into journalist’s murder
2 June - Turkey
Woman journalist held for past five weeks on baseless charge of link to armed group
2 June - Russia
Journalist seeks asylum in Finland after being convicted for prison torture articles
29 May - France
Regrettable decision by appeal court to lift ban on magazine only if offending photo is covered up

Reports
5 February 2009 - Bulgaria
“Resignation or resistance, Bulgaria’s embattled press hesitates”
28 January 2009 - Russia
Fact-finding visit : Moscow double murder may have been linked to November attack on local newspaper editor
27 June 2008 - Turkey
Investigation report into the detention of journalist Haci Bogatekin, imprisoned for more than two months and facing ten and a half years in prison
archives

Sign the petitions
Uzbekistan
Jusuf Ruzimuradov

Europe archives
2009 archives
2008 archives
2007 archives
2006 archives
2005 archives
2004 archives
2003 archives
2002 archives
2001 archives
2000 archives