ArmInfo. The Office of the Armenian Ombudsman demanded clarification from the criminal investigation body regarding the search in the editorial office of the portal Yerevan Today.
The Office of the Rights Defender studied both the publications on the case and the explanations of the media. It was noted and the statement of the Investigative Committee that the search is not connected with the journalistic activities of the portal.
It should be noted that the editor of a number of media outlets, MP Samvel Farmanyan, issued a statement condemning the search in the editorial office of the portal.
Recall that, in the criminal case on the wiretapping of the telephone conversation between the heads of the National Security Service and the Special Investigative Service, searches are conducted at various addresses, including at the Yerevan.today portal.
From early morning on September 17, the law enforcement bodies of Armenia conducted searches in the editorial office of Yerevan.today and the house of its chief editor Sevak Hakobyan. searches, according to the media, are conducted on the grounds that the site allegedly published a record of the conversation between the heads of the national security service and the special investigation service two days earlier than the rest of the media. The reason for this statement was the google search engine. The search engine indicates that the publication of the record on this portal was made two days before it appeared in other media. However, the editorial office of the portal claims that it published a conversation record at the same time as all other Armenian media, but there were simply problems with the search engine. A similar situation, added to the editorial staff, was formed with the portal of the newspaper "Hraparak". The same search engine indicates that the record on this portal appeared for 5 days before the day of publication in the remaining media. Meanwhile, the editorial board of Yerevan.today as early as September 12, having noticed the problem of the search engine, issued a refutation. are demonstrated. Internet experts have already denied this, noting that the system Google crashes. We are informed that the records were learned by chance, on September 11, at the same time, about 14 hours, as the other colleagues and users of the network. on the site the material was posted about 15 hours, when the information was already widely covered in the media, "the report says.