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Media today

1 December 2011

Television, press, the Internet, personal blogs, Facebook, Twitter…with such an impressive flow of information, the need for and importance of high-quality and reliable information has increased more than ever. To boost discussion on new and traditional media, the second EU-Armenia Civil Society Seminar on Human Rights was held in Tsaghkadzor on 8-9 November, concentrating on the topic of “Media today”.
In the context of Armenia’s upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, the seminar discussed the impact of media on the electoral process. “Free media are key to successful reform and to free and fair elections,” said the Acting Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Onno Simons. The EU has encouraged Armenia over the years to make its recently-amended legislation on media fully in line with international standards, which would ensure media pluralism in the country. Talking about the electoral code which entered into the force in summer 2011, the representative of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Armenia, Michael Getto, stated that its legal base had improved sufficiently.
Numerous other issues including the impact of new technology on media, social media, freedom of expression, the formation of transparent media legislation, professionalism and the quality of information were also discussed.

Media today

Television, press, the Internet, personal blogs, Facebook, Twitter…with such an impressive flow of information, the need for and importance of high-quality and reliable information has increased more than ever. To boost discussion on new and traditional media, the second EU-Armenia Civil Society Seminar on Human Rights was held in Tsaghkadzor on 8-9 November, concentrating on the topic of “Media today”. In the context of Armenia’s upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, the seminar discussed the impact of media on the electoral process. “Free media are key to successful reform and to free and fair elections,” said the Acting Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Onno Simons. The EU has encouraged Armenia over the years to make its recently-amended legislation on media fully in line with international standards, which would ensure media pluralism in the country. Talking about the electoral code which entered into the force in summer 2011, the representative of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Armenia, Michael Getto, stated that its legal base had improved sufficiently. Numerous other issues including the impact of new technology on media, social media, freedom of expression, the formation of transparent media legislation, professionalism and the quality of information were also discussed.