Plaque Installed in Memory of Murdered Journalist Naghdalian

YEREVAN (Yerkir–Noyan Tapan)–The unveiling of a plaque to memorialize the late president of Armenia’s Public Television–Tigran Naghdalian–took place yesterday at his family home.

The memorial plaque was installed on the wall of the apartment building housing his extended family. Naghdalian was shot after emerging from that building on December 28–2002.

An Armenian court convicted Armen Zaven Sargsian–a relative of current opposition leader and former prime minister Aram Sargsian–for having put out the contract on Naghdalian.

"It’s a sad fact that Tigran’s death was not an ordinary killing; it was a political murder committed as an attempt to suppress free speech," said Deputy Speaker of Parliament and ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovhannisian during the installation ceremony.

"Naghdalian was a good journalist–a good public speaker–and a decent person. People like him are born only once–and remain with us forever. I’m honored to be able to consider him my comrade-in-thought," he said.

Hovhannisian concluded by stating that those who believe in the journey left unfinished by Tigran must continue it–to prove that it is not possible to silence truth with bullets.

The memorial plaque was carved by the artist Ohan (Vladimir Petrosian). It was commissioned by the Public Television and Radio Board and by Armenian Public Television–which jointly initiated the commemorative undertaking.

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