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To strengthen the role played by the media and journalists during the transition to democracy
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Between March and May 2018, tens of thousands of Armenian citizens took part in mass civil disobedience demonstrations to protest against economic inequality, nepotism and corruption. Led by the opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan, this so-called 'Velvet Revolution' resulted in early parliamentary elections being held in December 2018, which gave a large majority to his 'My Step' Alliance.
Nikol Pashinyan's accession to power has brought a reinvigorated sense of freedom to the Armenian media. However, owing to the absence of any regulations in the sector, news websites that do not abide by journalism ethical standards are becoming increasingly commonplace. Moreover, in order to provide news to the country's citizens, most of whom are very familiar with the internet, the media must enhance the multimedia content that they offer and focus on subjects that are more in tune with their target audience's lives and concerns.
To support the Armenian media in this period of democratic transition, CFI launched Ants'um (meaning 'transition' in Armenian) in mid-2019. The initiatives of this 18-month project are focused on legal journalism, solutions journalism and combating fake news, with particular attention being placed on how the media deal with issues relating to gender equality.
Workshop on online media business models for around a dozen journalists and media managers.
Customised support for six media outlets (Hetq, Civilnet, Mediamax, Armenia’s public television channel, EVN Reports, Le Courrier d’Erevan), through training courses dedicated to optimising the use of social media, mobile journalism, video animation and editing, archive development, monetisation, etc.
3.Training courses for producing different content
Workshops on legal journalism to produce content focusing in particular on women's access to justice and the handling of cases of domestic violence brought by women.
Workshops on solutions journalism, with a special focus on the enhancement of initiatives led by Armenian women.
Supporting the production of multimedia content in partnership with 'RFI parle arménien' (RFI speaks Armenian).
A workshop on fake news for journalists and parliamentarians.
4.Participation in events
Invitations sent to around ten Armenian journalists to attend the International Journalism Conference in Tunis in October 2020.
Study trip to France for the Armenian parliamentary group in charge of the discussions on media regulation, in order to support the ongoing discussions on the definition of a public media policy in the country (media independence, pluralism, status of public media outlets, combating fake news, etc.).