A1 Plus | 18:55:52 | 05-04-2004 | Politics |

VIOLEMCE AGAINST JOURNALISTS BECOMES DANGEROUSLY COMMONPLACE IN ARMENIA

Geghamyan-staged rally had heavy consequences for the journalists
fulfilling their professional duty today. Aravot and Haykakan Zhamanak
newspapers' correspondents Anna Israelyanand Hayk Gevorgyan underwent
violence: they were beaten and their cameras were snatched out and
broken.

Cameras of Kentron, Hay TV and H1 TV companies were broken as well.

Among those became victims of brutality was Investigating Journalists
Association member Onik Grigoryan.

Camera was pulled out also from Shant TV company cameraman hands.

National Unity cameraman was beaten and his camera was broken.

It should be noted that legions of policemen lined the pavement from
early morning to provide security.

When our correspondent on the scene asked one of them why they let
offenders act with impunity, he answered: "Who knows who they are?"

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