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08 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 32951)  

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Title Launching press conference and seminar on “Balancing responsible journalism and freedom of expression” 
Status Completed 
Date 17/06/2011 - 19/06/2011 
Location Erevan, Armenia
Countries CoE Members: Armenia
  Joint Programme Activity - SC-MLD-MEDIA II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SC-MLD-MEDIA II - Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2011/DG I/JP/2601   Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova
Expected Result 1.6 - The quality of journalism education is improved, notably through introducing new courses, or enhancing existing ones, on the rights and responsibilities of journalists (graduates have better knowledge and understanding of European standards concerning freedom of expression and the media and are trained to apply these standards in their future work);
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.2  Good governance, Internet and Media

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law 
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners Armenia - Secretariat Field Presence
Last Modified 18/02/2013 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 32951) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) 1. The objective of the Press Conference was to launch the Project in Armenia and inform the interested parties and public at large about the Project goals and activities.
2. The goal of the seminar “Balancing responsible journalism and freedom of expression” was to initiative a debate on the need for ethical journalism and stronger protection of the fundamental human right to freedom of expression in an Armenian reality shaped after the decriminalization of defamation and insult. Representatives of the media, lawyers, judges, non-governmental organizations as well as a number of prominent international organizations and experts discussed the need and the ways to strengthen ethical journalism and protect the freedom of speech. 
Output/Results 1. The Press Conference got a high coverage in the Armenian Press, thus increasing the visibility of the project.

2. Seminar proved very efficient. During the 1st day of the Seminar the Armenian legislative framework on defamation and insult as well as the challenges and advantages of the post-decriminalization period were discussed. Problems of the Protection of the Rights to Freedom of Expression before Domestic Courts in Defamation/Insult Cases and Insights into the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights were addressed. On the second day the issue of Media self-regulation was put on the agenda, and an opportunity was given to the participants both to discuss the available mechanisms and to address the needs of their improvement.
Conclusions/Follow Up  
Participants Seminar participants included:
1. Hovhannes Sahakyan - RA National Assembly deputy
2. Carel Hofstra - Deputy Head of OSCE Office in Yerevan
3. Lejla Dervisagic - Project Advisor of Directorate of Cooperation, Council of Europe
4. Frederic Gras - Lawyer Specialized in Defamation Issues
5. Philippe Voets - Secretary General of the Belgian Press Council
6. Boyko Boev - Senior Legal Officer of ARTICLE19 Human Rights Organization
7. Doris Vogl - OSCE
8. Margarita Tadevosyan - Embassy of the USA
9. Hans-Jochen Schmidt - Ambassador of Germany in Armenia
10. Sevak Hakobyan - Correspondent of “Yerkir” daily –
11. Aram Abrahamian - Chief Editor of “Aravot” daily
12. Gegham Manukian- Director of Current Affairs and News Programs of “Yerkir Media” TV company
13. Petros Ghazaryan - Director of Political and News Programs of “Kentron” TV Company
14. Genya Petrsoyan - Office of RA Human Righst Defender
15. Siranush Papyan - Correspondent of Lragir.am
16. Movses Hakobyan - Lawyer of Internews NGO
17. Arpine Posugyan - CRRC
18. Levon Barseghian - Board Chariman Asparez journalists club
19. Ani Chatinian - Vanadzor Helsinki Club, Lawyer
20. Arzuman Harutiunian - Head of Audio-Visual Reporters Associations
21. Zhanna Aleksanian - Journalists for Human Rights NGO
22. Artak Zeynalian - Advocate
23. Lusina Hakobian- Europe in Law Association
24. Gevorg Hayrapetian- Freedom of Information Center
25. Artak Sargsyan - National Commission on Television and Radio
26. Dianna Kaltakchyan - RA Minsitry of Justice
27. Tsovinar Soghomonyan - RA Minsitry of Justice
28. Gevorg Hayrapetyan - Advocate
29. Ara Zohrabian - Advocate
30. Seda Safarian - Advocate
31. Nikolay Baghdassarian - Advocate
32. Vahe Grigorian - Advocate
33. Anna Dilbarian - Advocate
34. Anahit Sardaryan - Advocate
35. Ara Ghazaryan - Advocate
36. Anna Aloyan - Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression
37. Avet Demuryan - YPC Vice President
38. Elina Poghosbekian - YPC Weekly Newsletter Editor
39. Seda Shiganian - YPC project assistant
40. Iren Aloyan - YPC legal expert
41. Boris Navasardian - YPC President
42. Manana Aslamazian - Internews Netwrok
43. Anahit Khachatrian - USAID
Consultants/Experts International experts invited to the event were Mr. Philippe Voets, Secretary General of the Belgian Press Council and Mr. Frederic Gras, Lawyer. 
CoE Secretariat Lejla Dervisagic, Projects Advisor
Susan Marukhyan, Project Officer 
Total No. Participants 44 
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