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Monitoring the media ahead of elections

23 March 2012
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In early January 2012 the EU launched a joint project, worth €1,700,000, to support democratic elections in Armenia. One of the components of the project was to conduct Media monitoring of pre-election campaign, which was carried out by the Yerevan Press Club and other institutions.
Permanent monitoring was focused on the 13 political parties and movements that participated in the Parliamentary elections. 7 TV channels (Armenian Public TV, Second Armenian TV Channel, “Armenia”, “Yerkir Media”, “Kentron”, “Shant”, “Shoghakat”) and Armenian Public Radio were included in the monitoring.
On 20 March the YPC presented the phase of monitoring March 1-10, 2012. According to the presented document, throughout the first days of March 2012, compared to the results of November-December 2011, a trend of more balanced distribution of attention on various political forces by the majority of broadcasters studied, and of reduction in critical bias emerged. Hidden propaganda was not observed over these ten days, noted Boris Navasardyan, President of the Yerevan Press Club, which was a positive change compared to the results of November-December 2011.
The monitoring was conducted within the framework of the “Empowering Armenian civil society to monitor electoral processes”project, implemented by the OSCE Office in Yerevan with the financial assistance of the European Union.

Monitoring the media ahead of elections

In early January 2012 the EU launched a joint project, worth €1,700,000, to support democratic elections in Armenia. One of the components of the project was to conduct Media monitoring of pre-election campaign, which was carried out by the Yerevan Press Club and other institutions. Permanent monitoring was focused on the 13 political parties and movements that participated in the Parliamentary elections. 7 TV channels (Armenian Public TV, Second Armenian TV Channel, “Armenia”, “Yerkir Media”, “Kentron”, “Shant”, “Shoghakat”) and Armenian Public Radio were included in the monitoring. On 20 March the YPC presented the phase of monitoring March 1-10, 2012. According to the presented document, throughout the first days of March 2012, compared to the results of November-December 2011, a trend of more balanced distribution of attention on various political forces by the majority of broadcasters studied, and of reduction in critical bias emerged. Hidden propaganda was not observed over these ten days, noted Boris Navasardyan, President of the Yerevan Press Club, which was a positive change compared to the results of November-December 2011. The monitoring was conducted within the framework of the “Empowering Armenian civil society to monitor electoral processes”project, implemented by the OSCE Office in Yerevan with the financial assistance of the European Union.