Questions related to reporting on the sessions of the Council of Elders and organizing journalists’ activities in the Municipality’s building are under the Human Rights Defender’s primary attention.
Transparency and proper reporting on the activities of the Council of Elders of Yerevan is one of the important guarantees for securing public trust towards that organ and citizens’ right to receive information. A journalist bears that important public function.
State representatives shall be guided by the presumption that a journalist is acting lawfully, conscientiously and frankly due to the latter’s high responsibility and call to act in accordance with the law and in a conscientious manner.
The Human Rights Defender notes the clarification of the Yerevan Municipality that the regulations on the organization of journalist’s work in Municipality’s building and the coverage of the Council of Elders’ sessions do not create any obstruction for journalists. They will be adhering to the open and transparent working principles.
No regulation can cause obstruction of journalist’s activities and form such public perception.