Tuesday, November 18, 2008



Statement of RA Ombudsman Armen Harutyunyan

“On November 17 at around 8 p.m. three anonymous people attacked head of “Investigative Journalists” NGO and chief editor of “Hetq” online Edik Baghdasaryan. We have been witnessing attacks on journalists for years and I have called on the police several times to be consistent with revealing the guilty, but they have not been revealed to date. These incidents present an extreme danger and a serious threat to development of freedom of speech in the country. I call on the police once again to take all necessary measures to reveal the criminals and bring them to justice; otherwise, I believe that it would be right for the high-ranking policemen to discuss the competence of the officials holding posts in the bodies implementing operative investigations.”

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