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02.04.2021 Working in a conflict zone. The speaker is Thomas Mutch

How to prepare before leaving for the conflict zone, what to read, what to wear, and what to take with you ․ The guest of the future journalists on April 1 was New Zealand military journalist Thomas Mutch.

31.03.2021 During the war, Azerbaijan targeted journalists. The case is at ECtHR

On March 26 Media Defence filed a case at the Strasbourg court on behalf of four Armenian citizens following the bombing of the town of Martuni by Azerbaijani forces during the recent armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The applicants - three journalists who were injured and the brother of a journalist fixer who was killed - allege that as a result of this attack their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were violated by Azerbaijan. On March 30 Media Center online discussion was on this topic. Armenian lawyer and president of the Freedom of Information Centre Shushan Doydoyan and Media Defence Legal Director Padraig Hughes and Media Defence Senior Legal Officer Carlos Gai presented the case and talk about the security of media professionals working in conflict zones.

30.03.2021 Armenian legislation draws criticism from press advocates

New Armenian legislation that would impose crippling penalties for insult and defamation is coming under criticism from local and international press freedom advocates, who are urging the president not to sign it into law. The law would triple the existing penalties for “insult” and defamation to three million drams ($5,700) and six million ($11,400), respectively. Armenia’s parliament passed the legislation on March 24 on a 76-40 vote. The two opposition parties opposed the legislation.

26.03.2021 Media Defence files case against Azerbaijan at ECtHR over bombing of journalists in Nagorno-Karabakh

Media Defence has today filed a case at the Strasbourg court on behalf of four Armenian citizens following the bombing of the town of Martuni by Azerbaijani forces during the recent armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The applicants - three journalists who were injured and the brother of a journalist fixer who was killed - allege that as a result of this attack their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were violated by Azerbaijan. The bombing took place on 1 October...

24.03.2021 STATEMENT

On 24 March, 2021, the National Assembly adopted in the second reading and completely the legislative draft amending the RA Civil Code authored by Mr Alen Simonyan, Deputy Speaker of the NA, raising the damages awards for insult and defamation to 3 mln and 6 mln AMD, respectively.

22.03.2021 Conflict Reporting and Safety of Journalists։ Meeting with Vudi Xhymshiti

The Freedom of Information Center of Armenia, in cooperation with the YSU Faculty of Journalism, organizes a series of online courses dedicated to the peculiarities of journalists' work during conflicts. Journalists-experts with many years of experience, who covered the 44-day Artsakh war, share their knowledge and experience with the participants. They tell how to cover conflicts, contributing to its peaceful settlement and maintaining personal security.

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