On October 17, the daily “Zhoghovurd” received the third in this month notification of a lawsuit. All the three suits were filed claiming to receive compensation for defamation and insult. The overall amount of compensation claimed for the three lawsuits is 5,248,000 AMD (about $13,950).
The “Zhoghovurd” daily is being published since February 1, 2011 with a circulation of 3,500 copies. And since June 2011 the newspaper has launched its website – Armlur.am.
The first lawsuit was brought against by the governor of the Gegharkunik marz Nver Poghosyan who has demanded the daily to pay 2,2 million AMD (about $5,850).
The governor has applied to the court after the “Zhoghovurd” published a statement made by Ttujur village inhabitant Anna Torosyan in the article “The Governor Took Bribes” in its October 7 issue.
According to Torosyan the governor has taken US $3,000 by means of his driver to secure the victory for the vacancy of history teacher for Anna Torosyan’s rival, inhabitant of the same village.
In the interview with JNews, the daily’s editor-in-chief Taguhi Tovmasyan said that no preliminary hearing has been arranged for this lawsuit but the court has ordered the police to investigate the case of Nver Poghosyan.