On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day an award handing ceremony “Press Freedom Time” took place on May 2, at the Journalists’ Union of Armenia.
The award was handed to the chief editor of “Hetq” newspaper and the president of “Association of Investigating Journalists” Edik Baghdasaryan for the development of investigative journalism, for his independent standpoint and professional courage (no one was awarded the prize in 2008 and 2009).
“There is a drawn circle in Armenia, from which no one wants to get out,” says the prize winner while speaking on the media field in our country. Baghdasaryan is convinced that in case of great desire journalists can make their voice heard, even at the cost of “quarrel” with their managers.
The event was organized by the Yerevan Press Club, the Journalists’ Union of Armenia, the “Internews” media support non-governmental organization and the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.
Besides the media freedom awarding ceremony addressed to “the best fighter” of the year, the heads of the media organizations also spoke on topical issues of the media field to journalists.
Head of the Journalists’ Union Astghik Gevorgyan is concerned with the abundance of court cases against the media. According to her this phenomenon harms not only a specific media outlet, but the whole media community.