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05.06.2006 Information provision as a demonstration of humanism

Ruzan Minasyan   Former soldier Armen Manoukyan was illegally kept in the police station. The Office of the Public Prosecutor did not consider it necessary to provide Armen Manoukyan with the decision on suspension. And when the advocate Mrs. Seda Safaryan demanded the decision during the court hearing, case investigator Vardan Militonyan said that the Prosecutor’s Office had provided one of the three volumes of the case reasoning from “humanity”. At that time,...

11.04.2006 Know what you eat!

Papin Muradyan YSU Journalism Department   Very often, throwing out the packing of a food product, we notice that the product we have just eaten with great appetite is out of the expiration date. Our surveys in 10 shops in the center of Yerevan showed that all of them sold products out of expiration date. And customers, being inattentive, can greatly risk their health.    “The majority of consumers, turning to us for help, suffer because of lack of...

01.02.2006 Secret decisions of governors

Hasmik Mkrtchyan Information bulletin 16 Thanks to the support of United Nations Development Program, during 2003-2005 all the regional municipalities of Armenia prepared web pages ( www.region.am ). The aim of preparing those web pages was to enable the population to easily get information on the activities of regional municipalities. During the past three years, about 600.000USD have already been spent on the system of web sites. In order to find out the outcome and...

01.02.2006 Towards dialogue between executive power and society

Anahit Stepanyan Information bulletin 16 The efficiency of government’s activities greatly depends upon its transparency and openness, which contribute to the establishment and strengthening of links between authorities and simple citizens. This specific dialogue between authorities and citizens results in the formation of the society’s participatory and monitoring institute, in the presence of which the government’s and its subdivisions’ activities become more focused. In...

01.12.2005 Freedom of Information in Gegharquniq marz

Papin Muradyan, Gegharquniq region Bulletin 15 Gegharquniq region has 5 cities, 87 villages and only 5 mass media – 2 newspapers (“Geghama ashkhar” is not functioning due to the editor’s illness. A new editor has already been appointed, so the paper will appear in print again) and 3 TV companies. As for radio, it is not available in Gegharquniq like in almost all regions. In Chambarak and Vardenis cities there are no mass media functioning . Naturally, journalists of...

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...

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