- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
April 30, 2004

Heir to Air: Popular newspaper editor takes over MP-owned television company


The editor of a leading oppositional newspaper has taken over leadership of a Yerevan television company that has tangential government affiliation.

Aram Abrahamyan, editor of Aravot (Morning), Armenia’s leading daily, has been named director of the former Kentron (Center) television company, an enterprise recently purchased by pro-government National Assembly member and businessman Murad Guloyan. The newly-named company will air May 10.

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Margaryan Killing: Preliminary inquiry nears its end


The lawyer for the family of Gurgen Margaryan has been in Budapest for consultations on the case against the Azerbaijani officer accused of murdering him.

Nazeli Vardanyan, a member of the Armenian International Lawyers Union, met with her Hungarian colleague Gabriela Gaspar to familiarize herself with details of the preliminary investigation.

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Dying for a Cigarette: Anti-smoking campaign must change minds as well as habits

An appealing cigarette advertisement placed in newspapers comes with two cigarettes attached, carefully wrapped in transparent cellophane. That ad was available to everyone and offered real temptation especially for teenagers, for whom such material offers an incentive to take up the smoking habit.

A year ago health care specialists hoped that the adoption of a law project on cigarettes would introduce restrictions in this area.

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Outbreak in Aygabats: Animal deaths, threat to humans continue to plague village

A case of human anthrax infection is believed to have been found in the Aygabats village of Shirak region. Last week, ArmeniaNow reported an outbreak of the disease that had caused the deaths of 40 cattle.

On Tuesday (April 27), villager Harutyun Khachatryan, who had been in contact with the infected animals, showed symptoms of anthrax infection and was taken to hospital in Gyumri.

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Telling the Truth: A Turkish author faces up to Genocide

“My dear Armenian brothers, I will bow to the memory of all Armenians, who lost their lives, who were “purposely murdered in exile” during the greatest tragedy of our century – the massacres, which became black soot on the forehead of the human race, your pain will become my pain. As a literate Turk I offer apology in my own name to you and the entire humanity.”

These words are written by Turkish writer Kemal Yalcin, who with the help of his book tried to find ways for peace and brotherhood from the bitter realization of sins committed by his nation.

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Silent Witness: Graphic novel seeks to draw attention to Genocide

A new and for Armenia unique attempt at portraying the Genocide was presented at the Artbridge bookstore-café in central Yerevan on the eve of Genocide Remembrance Day.

A graphic novel in the style known best by its French title “Bande Dessinee” has been produced through a collaboration by painter Tigran Mangasaryan and director Ruben Tsaturyan. They plan a seven-volume work titled “Silence”.

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Song Solidarity: American youth choir finds new friends in unknown Armenia

“Song of Unity”, a week-long choir festival and the first to unite American and Armenian youth, concluded April 24.

A secondary school choir from Lexington, Massachusetts was guests participants with choirs from the Mother See St. Echmiadzin, the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s House of Armenians in Nork, Guymri Art School and Little Singers of Armenia.

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Sports: Wrestling, football, tennis

Free Style Wrestling (European Championships)

Five Armenian wrestlers were participating at the Senior Free Style Wrestling European Championships taking place in Ankara, Turkey from April 23 to 25.

Martin Berberyan from Yerevan won gold medal in the 55 kg. weight category by winning victory over Russian wrestler Vadim Batayev.

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According to Agnes


Fruitful Partnership: Armenia Tree Project helps villages to put down roots of economic recovery

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Crackdown on Crackdown: Council of Europe scolds Armenia

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The Arts in seven days


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Honored Artist of Russia Nadezhda Babkina was among performers during Russian Cultural Days this week in Armenia.


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