Meeting on Freedom of Speech in Armenia organized by UNDPI

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– A meeting with the second secretary of Germany’s Embassy in Armenia Ingrid Delfs was held on Thursday. The meeting which was organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information–dealt with the issue of freedom of speech in Armenia.

Delfs presented–in detail–the situation in the German mass media–stressing the big role of mass media in the life of the country.

She pointed out that the German law "On the press" and a corresponding article in the country’s Basic Law have much in common with Article 19 on freedom of speech of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

Presently–there are 1,620 publications in Germany and by the number of print media copies per capita it ran’s fourth in the world after Japan–Switzerland and Great Britain. Delfs emphasized that it is very essential for journalists to be well trained and have an appropriate education–saying that in many German universities–there are relevant departmen’s.

According to the German diplomat–in her country freedom of speech is ensured and only the Constitutional Court is entitled to close down a newspaper. Despite these advantages–journalistic unions which aim to protect professional rights are very popular in the country.

Speaking about the mass media situation in Armenia–Delfs said that Armenia has made progress lately in the aspect of freedom of speech.

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