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Call for thorough investigation into assault on reporter

Publisher Reporters Without Borders
Publication Date 18 November 2008
Cite as Reporters Without Borders, Call for thorough investigation into assault on reporter, 18 November 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/49267dfb1b.html [accessed 26 July 2014]
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Reporters Without Borders calls for a "prompt and exhaustive" investigation into yesterday's assault in Yerevan on Edik Baghdasaryan, the head of the Armenian Association of Investigative Journalists and editor of Hetq, an online newspaper published by the association.

"Such a violent attack on an independent journalist who covers corruption and crime is, at the very least, disturbing" Reporters Without Borders said. "As prompt and exhaustive an investigation as possible must be carried out as a matter of urgency in order to identify his assailants."

Baghdasaryan was assaulted by three unidentified men as he was about to get into his car at about 8 p.m. yesterday in Yerevan. They beat him repeatedly and one of them hit on the head with a stone before they all made off. He was admitted to St. Grigor Lusarovich hospital for treatment.

In an interview for local TV station A1+, Baghdasaryan said his assailants seemed to have been waiting for him and began their attack without saying a word. A camera belonging to Hetq, the online newspaper he edits, was stolen during the attack. After his assailants had left, he requested help from a neighbouring apartment building.

Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said he was "worried" by the attack on Baghdasaryan after visiting him in hospital today. Sona Truzyan, the spokesperson for the prosecutor-general's office, said the incident was being investigated as an "assault" under article 113 of the criminal code.

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