Self-Regulation Initiative: Media Ethics Observatory

On January 9, 2007 Yerevan Press Club issued an address to the media community of Armenia, suggesting to jointly develop the norms of professional ethics. YPC expressed a wish that “the norms be acceptable for as many media and journalists as possible and be applied by them in their day-to-day work”.

On February 2, 2007 at the meeting of media representatives, supporting the YPC initiative, a working group was formed that developed Code of Conduct of Media Representatives and the Declaration on Election and Referendum Coverage Principles, narrated in the Appendix to it.

On March 10, 2007 at the meeting of heads of media and journalistic associations these documents were adopted and signed.

At the meeting of March 10, 2007 the Media Ethics Observatory (MEO) was also elected and listed 7 members.

At the December 24, 2011 meeting of the representatives of media and journalistic associations it was resolved to expand the composition of MEO up to 14 members (at the same time, each MEO session is attended by 7 of its 14 members by a rotation principle).

At the June 25, 2017 meeting of the representatives of media and journalistic associations minor changes were made in the composition of MEO.

At the November 9-11, 2018 regular general meeting of the representatives of media and journalistic associations the composition of MEO again underwent changes.

As of today Media Ethics Observatory members are:

Narineh Avetisyan, Executive Director of Vanadzor “Lori” TV company

Shushan Doydoyan, President of Freedom of Information Center

Ara Ghazaryan, Lawyer

Mesrop Harutyunyan, Media Expert

Karineh Kalantaryan, Communications Manager at “Concern Dialog” law firm

Gegham Manukyan, Director of the News and Current Affairs Programs of “Yerkir Media” TV company

Ashot Melikyan, Chairman of Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression

Mesrop Movsesyan, Director of “A1+” TV company

Gnel Nalbandyan, Chief Editor of “Zham” news program of “Armenia” TV company, Chief Editor of “Newmag” magazine

Boris Navasardian, President of Yerevan Press Club

Nouneh Sarkissian, Managing Director of Media Initiatives Center

Anzhela Stepanyan, Editor of Armavir “Alt” TV company

Ara Shirinyan, Chairman of the Council of Public Television and Radio Company of Armenia

Gegham Vardanyan, Producer of Media.am.

The attendees of the November 9-11, 2018 meeting adopted and signed

Memorandum on the Coverage of the 2018 Snap Elections to the RA National Assembly (ՀՀ ԱԺ 2018թ. արտահերթ ընտրությունների լուսաբանման Հուշագիր)

Earlier, at the May 16, 2015 meeting Code of Conduct of Media Representatives was adopted in revised edition with a modified name. Additionally, Declaration on Election and Referendum Coverage Principles, which previously was an Appendix to the Code, was included in the body of the Code (Article 7):

Code of Ethics of Armenian Media and Journalists

As of today the Code of Ethics is signed by 47 Armenian media; the initiative is supported by 8 journalistic associations.

Media representatives, who signed the Code of Ethics, acknowledge the right of the MEO to examine the conformity of their acts and publications to the provisions of the Code and state their willingness to publish decisions of the MEO in their media.

The mission of the MEO consists in consideration of complaints and appeals regarding the violations of the Code of Ethics and making judgments on them.

The Regulations of the Media Ethics Observatory were adopted on December 13, 2009. On December 24, 2011, the Regulations were amended. On March 16, 2018, MEO adopted the new Regulations (ԶԼՄ-ների էթիկայի դիտորդ մարմնի աշխատակարգը).

MEO Contact Information: meo@ypc.am; Tel. +374 10 53 76 62, 53 35 41, 53 00 67; Fax +374 10 53 56 61.