Auditorium Dedicated to Slain Journalist Opens at Yerevan State University

YEREVAN (Armradio)–An auditorium dedicated to Tigran Naghdalyan opened last week at Yerevan State University, Department of Journalism. The auditorium was commissioned upon the initiative of the YSU Department of Journalism and the famous journalist’s friends.
Naghdalyan was a journalist and the President of the Council of Public Television and Radio Company of Armenia. He sacrificed his life defending his beliefs.
The opening ceremony of the auditorium was attended by his family, friends, politicians and lecturers. Rector of the Yerevan State University Aram Simonyan considers that the auditorium will serve its purpose and become a site of memory where future journalists will study.
“Unfortunately, in our society it’s not common to consider heroic the work of a responsible and devoted reporter,” said Presidential Candidate and Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly Vahan Hovannesian, who was at the opening of the auditorium. “What happened to Tigran was proof of the fact that there is still no concept of free speech and free mind in our society.”
Tigran was a man who was not afraid to present his point of view literally, professionally, with humor and most importantly, without hatred, noted Karine Naghdalyan, the journalist’s sister.
Naghdalyan was killed on December 28, 2002 at the entrance of his parents’ house on Zakhyan Street. Since the murder, the crime has been disclosed and the criminals have been punished.

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