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Alert created on: 07 Jul 2015 n° 36/2015 Armenia

Journalists Beaten and Arrested while Covering Protest Demonstration

Source of threatState
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Media reports supported by individual statements show that 13 journalists and camera operators covering the police dispersal of a sit-in protest against electricity price increases in Yerevan on 23 June 2015 were subjected to gratuitous violence at the hands of police or other security officials; and 11 journalists were detained by police. Several journalists stated that they were attacked or detained despite identifying themselves as media workers and showing their press accreditation. David Davtyan, a reporter with Armenia TV, stated, as reported on MEDIA.am that after he showed his press badge he was attacked by 4 persons, whom he identified as uniformed police and police in civilian clothes. Davtyan suffered a wrist injury. Nikolai Torosyan of Panarmenian.net said he was violently knocked down, beaten and kicked by two police officers; later he received an apology from a policeman after showing his press badge. Video cameras and other equipment belonging to media workers were also confiscated or broken.
State replies
23 Jun 2015
Statement by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media: 'Safety of journalists must be ensured at all times, OSCE Representative says, following attacks on journalists in Armenia'
23 Jun 2015
Statement of the Human Rights Commissioner on protests in Armenia : media should be able to work in a safe and free environment
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Gevorg Ghazaryan, Seda Mavyan

(GG) Freelance photojournalist subjected to violence while covering a sit-in protest. (SM) One of 11 journalists detained by police, he has since been released.
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