OSCE CONCERNED OVER INCREASING LAWSUITS AGAINST ARMENIAN PRESS
- Dunya Miyatovich, freedom of media representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has expressed concerns about the increasing lawsuits brought against Armenian media outlets.
According to the local daily Zhoghovurd, in a letter sent to Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan, Miyatovich pointed at the 30 files lodged against media outlets.
Eleven such cases alone were filed this year.
The OSCE official called on Armenia to continue legislative reforms so that to provide the press with relevant defense in defamation and libel lawsuits.
Miyatovich also said that the OSCE is ready to assist Armenia with reforms to ensure progress in freedom of press.
"In most of the cases the compensation is not proportionate to the alleged damage caused," said she, adding that the scope of the compensation should be proportional to the damage so that the given media outlet would not be closed down.
Miyatovich pointed at the three lawsuits filed against Hraparak daily that demand the paper a total of 34,000 euros.
- 1961 The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR decides to rename the Stalin district of Yerevan as the Lenin district and the existing Lenin district to Ordjonikidze.
- 1968 Death of Meessak Torlakian.
- 1993 The UN Security Council, at its 3313th meeting, adopts resolution 884.