Attacks on the Press
• Broadcast media controlled by government or its allies.
• Numerous assaults reported, but police do little.
12: Broadcast license applications filed by independent outlet A1+. None approved.
The nation remained polarized by the fraud-marred 2008 presidential election won by Serzh Sargsyan, with large public protests and violent government reprisals continuing well into 2009. The global economic crisis caused layoffs in the mining industry and a decline in remittances from Russia, heightening public frustrations. The government sought to suppress critical debate over these issues, and journalists faced intolerance, hostility, and violence.