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Armenia: Censorship Concerns

Blogian makes another post raising concerns about censorship and freedom of speech following the declaration of a state of emergency in Armenia. The blog already notes that various online media outlets are limiting or ceasing reporting on events in Armenia as a result, but wonders how blogs will be affected. As Blogian is based outside Armenia, however, it offers it space to anyone inside the republic who wishes to get information out.

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  • Jennifer Gurahian

    I’m in New York. My husband is a neurosurgeon in Yerevan, born and raised there, and working there now. He reports the following:

    Saturday afternoon, he was transporting a patient in an ambulance up Mashtots street, by the “Pag Shuga”. Soldiers from the Shushi Battallion (in Karabagh – Vatcho’s polk) began firing without warning on a crowd of people. Two people were hit next to him. One died en route to the hospital. He saw the soldiers shoot out on shop windows and set fire to cars. His vehicle was burned by the soldiers of the Shushi battallion. He was one of the few doctors in Yerevan to serve in the battles of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He recognized faces, so there is no mistake about his information. He said that people were not really out there supporting Levon, but rather, that they were tired of, for example, having to pay a $5000 bribe to get a job.

    Armenia should not be the private fiefdom of Serge Sarkissian and Robert Kocharian, and their cohorts.

  • Eric

    (with les mistakes!!)

    As i know Mr LTP had meat with certain retired jewish borne US diplomat in Ukraine before the election what did he arranged or discused Mr TLP with them e.g. with Mr Brzezinski!!!?

    Kocharjan gov. is responsible for many wrongdoings but what knows the “rob people” chanting “Levon, Levon” about other Levon´s plan?

    Levon Ter-Petrosyan should start thinking of a constructive opposition instead holding one hate speech after another! If he/LTP really loves Armenia and is not acting in the name of foreign governments by abusing the pelage of people!

    One shouldn’t be afraid of LTP (even if he has declare a war on Armenia) but one should be afraid of extremist around LTP. because I have never hear a constructive critic from LTP!. Producing hate on Sejik or hate on Kocharjan and this and that is not a election program with them one can solve problems and reforms teh system!

    Unfortunately ,RFE/Radi Liberty is spreading a lot of one side news about the political situation in Armenia. This is sad when the media in Armenia is partial free Armenian journalist have to work for “Armenianberrty” in order to earn their money!

    I am upset on the government. in Armenia because they had to create a “media commission” long ago and engage all healthy political forces to work to create free media and a healthy atmosphere e for free and fair election

    If I am not mistaken LTP´s son has a big house with golf place in France? where did he got this money? LTP should be asked to leave Armenia if he is not ready of dialog and a healty and constructive opposition .

  • karine

    people in ARMENIA dont knwo anything ybout what is going on,,,they are in informational darkness now,,,what is this’? people are disappearing now in yerevan ? who is watching it’or who can tell smth about it? it is DICTATORSHIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP BY KOCHARYAN
    at least two generations will hate all those xarabaxci guys who dared to kill armenians,,,this is a hateress rooted already in armenians IN HAYASTANCINER

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