New York, April 30, 2009--The Committee to
Protect Journalists calls on Armenian authorities to apprehend three assailants
who attacked Argishti Kivirian, editor of the independent news Web site Armenia Today. The unidentified men beat
Kivirian early this morning, leaving him hospitalized in serious condition, Zhanna Alexanian, president of the Yerevan-based
organization Journalists for Human Rights, told CPJ.
Harassment of journalists and self-censorship among the news media intensified before and after a flawed February 2008 presidential election. The countryís authoritarian president, Robert Kocharian, imposed a state of emergency after the balloting to suppress demonstrations and block independent news reporting, a move that allowed him to deliver the presidency to a hand-picked successor, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan.