Armenian official denies journalist's accusations

2 Apr 05


"The attempts by the editor-in-chief of Syunats Yerkir [Country of
Syunik] newspaper, [Samvel Aleksanyan], to accuse me of burning his
car are slander and a bid to gain popularity with journalists," the
governor of Syunik Region and a member of the Republic Party of
Armenia, Suren Khachatryan, has said.

He said that the editor-in-chief has no evidence proving that the
governor organized the burning of his car. Khachatryan pointed out
that he had ordered the law-enforcement bodies to carry out a thorough
and objective investigation into this case.

"I am going to deal with this swine within the law," he said.

Khachatryan also noted that such a statement does not help a
journalist build up a positive image. "Moreover, his statement harms
your business (the media is meant)''.

The editor-in-chief, Samvel Aleksanyan's, Niva jeep was burnt in Goris
on 1 April. He commented on the incident to Arminfo, describing it as
another terrorist act against his newspaper by the governor of Syunik

[Passage omitted: minor details]

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress