In late 2012 Armenian media’s attention focused on political figures out of presidential race
YEREVAN, January 16. /ARKA/. At a period between October 1 and December 15, the major part of Armenian media’s attention was paid to those political activists and parties who have not nominated their candidates for presidential election, Novosti-Armenian News Agency quoted Boris Navasardyan, president of Yerevan Press Club, as saying today at a news conference while summarizing results of interim monitoring of broadcasting media outlets’ coverage of the presidential race.
He said that at the mentioned period 60% of Armenian media’s attention “was spent on those political forces which later didn’t join the presidential race, particularly on Prosperous Armenia party, Armenian National Congress bloc and Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Dashnaktsutiun”.
He said the remaining 40% were distributed among eight candidates who continue competing for presidency.
Navasardyan said media outlets concentrated their attention to them recently to compensate initial insufficient attention.
He added that Andreas Ghukasyan, political analyst and head of Radio Hay, has not been mentioned as likely presidential candidate at all before
December 15, since he was passive then.
The results of the monitoring show that ArmNews was most active among TV channel and radio stations in covering possible presidential candidates’ activities.
Armenian Public Radio and Armradio radio stations as well as Yerkir-Media and Kentron TV channels were active as well. Shant TV channel was singled out for the most sluggish coverage.
Allusions to Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian president in office, Gagik Tsarukyan, leader of Prosperous Armenia party, Raffi Hovhannisian, Zharangutyun (Heritage) party and Levon Ter-Petrosyan, the first president of Armenia, in this context were most frequent.
The monitoring embraced six national TV channels, including Armenian Public Television and the Second Armenian TV Channel, as well as Armenia, Yerkir-Media, Kentron, Shant and ArmNews TV channels.
Armenian Public Radio and Armradio FM107 were monitored as well.
The monitoring has carried out as part of the OSCE project aimed at promotion elections in Armenia.
Serzh Sargsyan, the Armenian president in office; Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister and the leader of Freedom party; Raffi Hovhannisian, a former foreign minister and the leader of Zharangutiun (Heritage) party; Paruyr Hayrikyan, a prominent Soviet-era dissident and the head of the National Self-Determination Party; Arman Melikyan, a former foreign minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic; Andrias Ghukasyan, a political analyst and head of Radio Hay; Vardan Sedrakyan, a specialist in epics, and Aram Harutyunyan, leader of National Consent party will compete for presidency.
The polling day is February 18. -0-