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Report "Police — Media relations in the Republic of Armenia"


The Report is prepared by the National Center for Legal Researches NGO with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan


The subject matter of the present study pertains to the relationship between the police and the media, related problems and measures that may lead to improvement of the relationship. It is not unknown that certain tension and intolerance currently exist between the two institutions. Thus, to prevent the situation from escalation, the National Center for Legal Researches NGO, in co-operation and with the support of the Yerevan Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), initiated and conducted in 2009 in all provinces of Armenia a series of Improvement of Police-Media Relations roundtables, with the involvement of the local police and media representatives.

The roundtables went on in an uninhibited and constructive atmosphere, with due appreciation of the significance of reciprocal tolerance and co-operation; targeted discussions took place over topics of mutual concern. The participants reached concrete agreements aimed to intensify their relations, both sides voiced requests to work out topical methodology guidelines, to organise training activities on the applicable best international practices and on specifics of legal regulations and their enforcement, and to conduct regular joint meetings, workshops and similar roundtables.