PARIS (Armenpress) — The Union of Journalists of Armenia has condemned the October 21 attack on the office of the Nouvelles d’Arménie France-based Armenian newspaper.
“This isn’t the first attack on the magazine, and as stated by the magazine’s personnel, none of the previous cases have unfortunately been solved. The reputed media outlet has for many years dealt with raising issues of pan-Armenian significance, condemning the denial of the Armenian Genocide, its support for the Republic of Artsakh. Any kind of violence or pressure against free speech is a great problem for any democratic state. Representatives of the editorial board of the Armenian magazine are linking the attack with Editor-in-Chief, CCAF Co-Chair Ara Toranyan’s participation in the anti-Turkish demonstrations in Paris and his support for Syria’s Kurds, and this is an alarming signal. The frequent attacks against the press, especially related with political realities, must become subject of everyone’s strongest condemnation,” the union said in a statement.
New.am, citing the announcement of the Armenian Embassy in France, said that the attack took place in the early morning hours on Sunday, and the criminals broke the door of its editorial office, and stole video cameras and three computers where confidential information was kept.
The Embassy of Armenia condemned “this despicable attack” and called it “a serious attack on freedom of expression and republican values.”