Arminfo.info



 Tuesday, February 20 2024 15:27
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Courts impose higher fines on media outlets for libel - CPFE

Courts impose higher fines on media outlets for libel - CPFE

ArmInfo. Over the last two years, 71 new claims were filed against media representatives (35 in 2022, 36 in 2023), of which 56 were accepted for proceedings (25 in 2022, 31 in 2023), the Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression (CPFE) has stated, referring to the results of monitoring conducted August 31 to December 31, 2023. 

It is noted that the vast majority of cases accepted by the court  relate to insult and/or slander contained in media publications. In  2022 there were 22 such cases, in 2023 - 29.

"According to the methodology, cases in which at least 1 judicial act  was issued were isolated from the cases under consideration and  analyzed in detail according to 7 criteria. A total of 15 cases were  analyzed, and in 10 cases claims were filed back in 2021, and  decisions were made only in 2023; in another 5 cases, claims were  filed in 2022.

Of these, 7 acts have entered into legal force, that is, disputes  have been resolved, and in relation to 8, 1 or more acts have been  adopted, however, legal proceedings are still ongoing at the time of  publication of the results of this study.

A comparison with previous studies shows that the number of lawsuits  filed on the grounds of insult and libel reached 66 in 2021, which is  the same as in 2019, while their number dropped sharply in 2022,  reaching the lowest level in the last 4 years, and A certain increase  was recorded in 2023. 

"This fact gives grounds to conclude that the courts in Armenia are  still not completely independent and in some cases show unjustified  favoritism towards officials, which does not correspond to the  democratic principle of the rule of law. This is a vicious phenomenon  that creates serious problems from the point of view justice and  public confidence in it.

"Data from our long-term research show that judicial decisions taken  in cases of insult and libel are often not fully motivated.  Meanwhile, in accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 6 of the  European Convention, court decisions must have compelling reasons  that will show that the parties have been heard and that will ensure  public control over the administration of justice," the Committee  said.  

POST A COMMENT
Input digits     

News
Bayramov, Aleynik discuss prospects for Azerbaijan-Belarus mutually  beneficial partnership Bayramov, Aleynik discuss prospects for Azerbaijan-Belarus mutually  beneficial partnership 
Coordination Center Coordination Center "For Armenian Statehood" to appeal to Prosecutor  General`s Office of on suspicion of officials` high treason 
Artsakh former human rights defender accuses Armenia`s premier Artsakh former human rights defender accuses Armenia`s premier 
Ruling faction rejects draft delimitation statement proposed by  oppositionRuling faction rejects draft delimitation statement proposed by  opposition
In 2020-2023, Yerevan allocated $1.3 billion to StepanakertIn 2020-2023, Yerevan allocated $1.3 billion to Stepanakert
Armenian-Russian air defense system did not work at right time -  PashinyanArmenian-Russian air defense system did not work at right time -  Pashinyan
Fact of recognition Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity  is necessary  for Armenian authorities to recognize Armenia`s territorial integrity  Fact of recognition Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity  is necessary  for Armenian authorities to recognize Armenia`s territorial integrity  
It`s not a question of 4 villages, it`s not a question of Armenia -  PashinyanIt`s not a question of 4 villages, it`s not a question of Armenia -  Pashinyan
No return to historical Armenia idea! Pashinyan calls onNo return to historical Armenia idea! Pashinyan calls on
Deportation or ethnic cleansing? US has no clear assessment of what  happened in Artsakh, Ambassador Kvien saysDeportation or ethnic cleansing? US has no clear assessment of what  happened in Artsakh, Ambassador Kvien says
It`s something else: US Ambassador on reasons for non-sanctioning  Azerbaijan It`s something else: US Ambassador on reasons for non-sanctioning  Azerbaijan 
EU hopes for Armenian, Turkish special envoys` meeting in immediate  future - Toivo KlaarEU hopes for Armenian, Turkish special envoys` meeting in immediate  future - Toivo Klaar
Any reports on shootings on border disturbing - Toivo Klaar Any reports on shootings on border disturbing - Toivo Klaar 
Official Tbilisi equalizes relations with its neighbors and raises  level of cooperation with Armenia to a strategic one - political  scientistOfficial Tbilisi equalizes relations with its neighbors and raises  level of cooperation with Armenia to a strategic one - political  scientist
Australia appoints new ambassador to ArmeniaAustralia appoints new ambassador to Armenia
Deputy FM of Armenia holds talks with Director of Programme  Co-ordination at CoEDeputy FM of Armenia holds talks with Director of Programme  Co-ordination at CoE
Ministry of Health about changes in state infertility treatment  program in ArmeniaMinistry of Health about changes in state infertility treatment  program in Armenia
Araratbank and Matenadaran to sign cooperation memorandum on Apr 15 Araratbank and Matenadaran to sign cooperation memorandum on Apr 15 
French Ambassador to Armenia visits Syunik French Ambassador to Armenia visits Syunik 
Israeli police continue attacks on Armenian quarter in JerusalemIsraeli police continue attacks on Armenian quarter in Jerusalem
US wants Armenia to forget about Artsakh - ANCA US wants Armenia to forget about Artsakh - ANCA 
India dispatching military attache to Armenia India dispatching military attache to Armenia 
Armenia, Georgia agree to resume border delimitation commissions`  activities Armenia, Georgia agree to resume border delimitation commissions`  activities 
US intends to appoint advisor to Armenian Ministry of Defense -  Kristina Kvien US intends to appoint advisor to Armenian Ministry of Defense -  Kristina Kvien 
From 2025, Armenia will switch to unified ambulance serviceFrom 2025, Armenia will switch to unified ambulance service
RA Deputy FM: attempt is being made in Jerusalem to change status quoRA Deputy FM: attempt is being made in Jerusalem to change status quo
Surrendering 4 villages of Tavush means dooming Armenia to the same  fate as Artsakh: Atom MargaryanSurrendering 4 villages of Tavush means dooming Armenia to the same  fate as Artsakh: Atom Margaryan
Deputy Minister: Georgia supports Armenia`s sovereignty and  territorial integrity Deputy Minister: Georgia supports Armenia`s sovereignty and  territorial integrity 
Idplus Bonuses in Idram&IDBank ApplicationIdplus Bonuses in Idram&IDBank Application
Armenian NSS is ready for joint investigation of shooting incident  with Azerbaijani border troopsArmenian NSS is ready for joint investigation of shooting incident  with Azerbaijani border troops
Armenian authorities are investigating whether maps were once  provided to UN for publicationArmenian authorities are investigating whether maps were once  provided to UN for publication
Justice Deputy Minister and Urban Development Committee Sec Gen were  dismissedJustice Deputy Minister and Urban Development Committee Sec Gen were  dismissed
Until maps are agreed upon with Azerbaijan, border delimitation  process will not progress - PashinyanUntil maps are agreed upon with Azerbaijan, border delimitation  process will not progress - Pashinyan
Peskov comments on Pashinyan`s statement about  Peskov comments on Pashinyan`s statement about  "Russia`s mistakes" 
Zakharova: Moscow condemns irresponsible and destructive interference  of extra-regional forces in South Caucasus` affairs Zakharova: Moscow condemns irresponsible and destructive interference  of extra-regional forces in South Caucasus` affairs 
Zakharova: West starts Zakharova: West starts "play dirty games" in South Caucasus to  destabilize situation
Stepanakert was forbidden to dialogue with Baku, but I was not the  one who forbade it - PashinyanStepanakert was forbidden to dialogue with Baku, but I was not the  one who forbade it - Pashinyan
Story of arrest of Russian deserter in Gyumri isn`t as clear cut as  it seemsStory of arrest of Russian deserter in Gyumri isn`t as clear cut as  it seems
Difficult times in Armenian-Russian relations - premier   Difficult times in Armenian-Russian relations - premier
Certain representatives of former elite of Nagorno-Karabakh Certain representatives of former elite of Nagorno-Karabakh "enemy  beacons" - Armenia s premier 
Yerevan Yerevan "in waiting mode" in relations with Ankara - Armenia`s  premier 
EUMA could stay in Armenia for 2 more years - premier EUMA could stay in Armenia for 2 more years - premier 
Violence prevention should not be used as opportunity to distort  traditional concept of familyViolence prevention should not be used as opportunity to distort  traditional concept of family
No guarantees, but Armenia is ready - premier No guarantees, but Armenia is ready - premier 
Stark and unpleasant as it might be to the Washington establishment,  that the best guarantors of Armenian security are Russia and Iran -  The American ConservativeStark and unpleasant as it might be to the Washington establishment,  that the best guarantors of Armenian security are Russia and Iran -  The American Conservative
Historical Armenia cause of hostility against Armenia - premier Historical Armenia cause of hostility against Armenia - premier 
Regional security issues discussed in Yerevan Regional security issues discussed in Yerevan 
Tatoyan Foundation collects facts in Tavush settlements  Tatoyan Foundation collects facts in Tavush settlements  
South Caucasus should not become an arena of geopolitical competition  - Nasser KanaaniSouth Caucasus should not become an arena of geopolitical competition  - Nasser Kanaani
CDI calls on Armenia`s authorities to stop political persecutions  CDI calls on Armenia`s authorities to stop political persecutions  
First Ombudsperson of Armenia: Armenian authorities fully support  Turkish-Azerbaijani genocidal policy towards ArmeniansFirst Ombudsperson of Armenia: Armenian authorities fully support  Turkish-Azerbaijani genocidal policy towards Armenians
"For the sake of Armenian statehood" coordination headquarters has  been formed in Tavush
MP Taguhi Tovmasyan on delimitation and demarcation: we are facing  serious threatMP Taguhi Tovmasyan on delimitation and demarcation: we are facing  serious threat
Armenian Ministry of Defense refutes yet another misinformation from  Azerbaijani defense departmentArmenian Ministry of Defense refutes yet another misinformation from  Azerbaijani defense department
Current government is ready to agree to new capitulation: Ishkhan  SaghatelyanCurrent government is ready to agree to new capitulation: Ishkhan  Saghatelyan
A meeting was held at the MFA of Turkmenistan with the Chairman of the Parliament of GeorgiaA meeting was held at the MFA of Turkmenistan with the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
NA Speaker: Not signing any document with Azerbaijan is not ruled outNA Speaker: Not signing any document with Azerbaijan is not ruled out
Armenians to suffer same fate as Jews if they don`t come to their  senses and stop giving away their lands - expertArmenians to suffer same fate as Jews if they don`t come to their  senses and stop giving away their lands - expert
Pashinyan to Scholz: any attempt to distort principles agreed upon in  Prague, Brussels and Granada is unacceptablePashinyan to Scholz: any attempt to distort principles agreed upon in  Prague, Brussels and Granada is unacceptable
Belarus foreign office: Armenia to attend at CIS FMs` Council in  Minsk at deputy FM level Belarus foreign office: Armenia to attend at CIS FMs` Council in  Minsk at deputy FM level 
Read more



Commented