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01.10.2005 Artificial Obstacles Against Freedom of Information

Arthur Hovhannisyan Bulletin #14 In the Republic of Armenia information freedom or right really exists... However for socially vulnerable layers of the society, that is to say for the majority of population information freedom is actually restricted. This means that information freedom in our country bears formal nature. What do we mean by saying this?... When on November 15, 2003 the RA law on “Information freedom” was adopted, it seemed that in Armenia there would not be...

01.10.2005 Encouraging Name, Discouraging Activities

Ararat Davtyan, Karlen Aslanyan  students of YSU journalism department Bulletin 14 The Information Center (IC) has been functioning for more than a year on the 1st floor of the 3rd governmental building. However, as our observations show the center functions insufficiently. 7 ministries and the state statistic agency located in this building have their representatives who mainly tell citizens where to go and whom to apply concerning a problem instead of providing them...

01.10.2005 The information bog

Voskan Sargsyan, Tavush region Bulletin 14 “A secluded, lonely place”: this is the title of the report about Tavoush region, prepared by one of my colleagues several years ago. Today the situation is almost the same. The farther you move away from Yerevan, the worse becomes the condition of information and speech freedom. Таvoush region is located on the edge of Armenia and the information sphere here is underdeveloped. Functioning in the region are “Qamut” (Noyemberyan) and...

01.07.2005 Where Banking Secrecy Meets Commercial Secrecy

Gayaneh Hovakimyan Bulletin #13 Until recently, among state structures of Armenia the Central Bank was one of the most active ones in working with mass media perhaps yielding in activeness only to the National Assembly. Currently, the Central Bank prefers a more passive working style. By saying active working style, we mean the meetings with journalists and other events during which journalists have the opportunity to ask questions they are interested in. Of course we also...

28.04.2005 Return of the Fallen

PENTAGON RELEASES HUNDREDS MORE WAR CASUALTY HOMECOMING IMAGES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT FORCES OPENING OF 360 NEW PHOTOS CONFIRMS WAR CASUALTY HONOR CEREMONY IMAGES BELONG IN PUBLIC National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 152 April 28, 2005 Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005 - In response to Freedom of Information Act requests and a lawsuit, the Pentagon this week released hundreds of previously secret images of casualties returning to honor guard ceremonies...

01.12.2004 Is There an Open Structure in Shirak?

Nune Arevshatyan Bulletin 12   Close structures? As much as you like... journalists have a big list of close structures – “Armentel”, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Police, tax inspectorate, customs service, quality inspectorate, court services and sometimes separate departments of municipalities. Many people say that in order to get an answer to any question in those structures, one must have very strong nerves .   In Shirak region it is difficult to get...

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