The media serving the transition to democracy in Armenia


To strengthen the role played by the media and journalists during the transition to democracy



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Project timeline

August 2019
December 2020


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.

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Project beneficiaries

  • Journalists working for online media outlets and public television channels
  • Parliamentarians in charge of the discussions for structuring the media sector
  • State University journalism teachers
  • Students at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies

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1.Online journalism training courses

  • Online journalism training for teachers at the Faculty of Journalism.
  • Training provided to TUMO Center students relating to the basics of the profession, as part of a project to set up an online media outlet for making the voices of young people heard more effectively.

In Armenia, journalism teachers are training in digital skills

January 17, 2020

In late December, nine teachers from the Yerevan Faculty of Journalism attended a training the trainers course focusing on online journalism.

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Hetq will offer training in investigative journalism from September 2020

June 2, 2020

Sessions to train the trainers were held in April and May 2020 to help three online media journalists from Armenia design and deliver training sessions on information verification.

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2.Mentoring the media

  • 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.).

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