On April 4 in Yerevan a discussion of the draft law “On Mass Communication”, organized by the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the NGO Strengthening Program “World Learning”/Armenia. Journalists, lawyers, representatives of non-governmental organizations took part in the meeting. The event was opened by the Head of OSCE Office in Yerevan Roy Reeve and the acting director of “World Learning” Jan Carpovic. The RA Deputy Minister of Justice Ashot Abovian presented the new edition of the draft, stressing that the recommendations and proposals of the media and interested organizations will be collected till April 8, after which the task force of the Ministry will start working on the consideration and finalization of the document together with the journalistic community.
As it has already been reported, on March 27 the RA Ministry of Justice introduced the new revised edition of the draft law “On Mass Communication” (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 23-29, 2002). The previous version of this document, approved by the Government, caused a wave of protests of the media and professional associations, received a negative assessment from the experts, also from the Council of Europe (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter in late January, February and March, 2002).