At least two Armenian newspapers - Aravot daily and 168 zham refused to be published under ‘state of emergency’ rules and will resume their work after emergency is lifted. As Aram Abrahamyan, editor of Aravot says, they refuse publishing official information only because in that case they will lose respect of their readers who should have access to balanced coverage, including opposition views and eyewitness accounts. In the meantime, according to Haik Gevorgyan from pro-opposition Haikakan Zhamanak daily, they will defy restrictions and will publish not only official info, because president’s decree on ‘state of emergency’ is “non-constitutional”. Besides, Gevorgyan asks - who defines what constitutes ‘official information'? For example, if they publish opposition Heritage party statement (which has seats in parliament), would it be considered 'official information' or not?
There are also new reports coming out that many independent or pro-opposition internet sites have been blocked in Armenia now. Ditord and reporter-arm will post useful tips and links to blocked sites here
*based mainly on Radio Liberty broadcast