ZHOGHOVURD: CHINESE REPORTER NOT ALLOWED TO PHOTOGRAPH PRESIDENT
- A Chinese journalist who visited on Monday the Sardarapat Memorial to commemorate the anniversary of the Armenians' heroic battle was not allowed to photograph President Serzh Sargsyan, the paper has learned.
Sargsyan's bodyguard reportedly banned the journalist from taking a picture of the president. The latter's attempt to find out the reasons was met with resistance, according to the paper.
After employees of the Presidential Office's Media Department of interfered in the matter, the Chinese journalist said he represented a very important information agency, ITAR-TASS, says the paper.
"[The president] eats with his compatriots; that's quite natural. He is a man of a humane character, and it is not prohibited to take photos in my country. On the contrary, he would be very happy to be photographed at that moment," he was quoted as saying.
But despite his astonishment, the journalist was never allowed to take picture of the president, adds the paper.
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