YEREVAN PRESS CLUB WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

MARCH 26 - APRIL 1, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS:

YPC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER AND WEBSITE REPORT FOR 2009

"PRESS CLUB" CYCLE: CONFLICT OF INTERESTS AMONG REPRESENTATIVES OF POWER

NATIONAL PLATFORM OF EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM BEING FORMED IN
ARMENIA

CASE OF "GIND" VERSUS FOUNDER OF "CHORRORD ISHKHANUTIUN" SUBMITTED TO
RECONSIDERATION


YPC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER AND WEBSITE REPORT FOR 2009

In compliance with Article 12 "Transparency of financial sources" of the RA
Law "On Mass Communication", we present the 2009 financial report of Yerevan
Press Club Weekly Newsletter and the website http://www.ypc.am

In 2009, a total of 7,683,400 AMD was spent for the publication of YPC
Weekly Newsletter and the support of the website http://www.ypc.am in the
English and Russian languages.

The whole sum was covered by a grant provided by Open Society Institute.

According to the RA Law "On Public Organizations", the report on financial
activities of Yerevan Press Club for 2009 is placed on YPC website
www.ypc.am in the "Mission" section.

"PRESS CLUB" CYCLE: CONFLICT OF INTERESTS AMONG REPRESENTATIVES OF POWER

On March 30, the final "Press Club" show, dealing with the establishment of
democratic institutions in Armenia, went on the air of "Yerkir Media" TV
company. The cycle is produced under Yerevan Press Club project, supported
by the Open Society Institute. The guests of the program host, YPC President
Boris Navasardian were Tigran Yeranosian, Leading Specialist of Legal
Department of RA President's Office, Grisha Balasanian, correspondent of
"Hetq" online publication, and Khachik Harutiunian, lawyer, expert of
Transparency International Anti-Corruption Centre. The discussion centered
on the issue of conflict of interests among representatives of power.

NATIONAL PLATFORM OF EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM BEING FORMED IN
ARMENIA

On March 31 at "Urbat" club in Yerevan a briefing, dealing with the
establishment of the National Platform of Eastern Partnership Civil Society
Forum in Armenia, was held. Eastern Partnership (EaP) is the new initiative
of EU and six partner countries (Armenia is among them). The idea of forming
national platforms, uniting NGOs, in six partner countries was advanced at
the Forum. The Forum took place in November 16-17, 2009 in Brussels and was
assisted by more than 200 civil society actors of EU and EaP countries. The
Forum is an institutional collaboration of civil society with Eastern
Partnership, and is supposed to be held once a year. The initiative group on
establishing a National Platform in Armenia is composed by 21 NGOs,
attending the Forum in Brussels. YPC President Boris Navasardian was elected
as Coordinator of Civil Society Forum in Armenia.

During the briefing the formation of Armenian National Platform was
announced, the draft of its concept and the "Eastern Partnership Civil
Society Forum" book were presented. The book is compiled and published by
YPC, and includes documents on the foundation and activities of the Forum
(it is stored on YPC website, www.ypc.am, "Publications" section).

The briefing, organized by YPC, is the first from the events cycle dealing
with Civil Society Forum and Armenian National Platform. Both the briefing
and the book are supported by Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

CASE OF "GIND" VERSUS FOUNDER OF "CHORRORD ISHKHANUTIUN" SUBMITTED TO
RECONSIDERATION

On March 25 RA Civil Court of Appeal released the judgment on the
application of the founder of "Chorrord Ishkhanutiun" newspaper, "Ogostos"
LLC. The latter appealed against the decision on the suit of "Gind" printing
house, rendered by court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash
administrative districts of Yerevan on November 16, 2009. As it has been
reported, the court of first jurisdiction secured the claim of the
plaintiff, obliging "Ogostos" to pay off the debt for printing costs and
imposed a ban on the issue of the newspaper until the debt of 2 million 673
thousand AMD (around $ 6,800) is paid. Meanwhile, "Chorrord Ishkhanutiun"
started to be published under a new title, "Chorrord Inknishkhanutiun" (see
YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 13-19, 2009).

At the session of March 25 the Civil Court of Appeal called off the decision
of the court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash of November
16, 2009 and resolved to submit the case to reconsideration by the same
court.


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