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logoThe Yerevan Press Club (YPC) was founded in July 1995, the first-ever professional association of journalists in post-communist Armenia. (Most of Armenian journalists are members.) YPC is one of the leading organisations promoting and fighting for media freedoms in Armenia. It has been involved in Armenia-Turkey rapprochement efforts since early 2000.

In 2001 and 2002-2003 YPC teamed up with the Union of Turkish Journalists, the People's Foundation of Turkey, and the Diplomatic Correspondents Association to implement an exchange programme for journalists. It included mutual visits to Yerevan, Ankara, Stepanakert (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Istanbul, as well as discussions and media coverage.

In 2007-2009 the YPC implemented another project, “Armenian-Turkish Team Reporting”, which covered media monitoring, media coverage, workshops, visits (to Armenia and Turkey) and publications. Support was provided by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation. The participants involved were Janna Andreasyan (168 Hours newspaper), Marina Andreasyan (PanArmenian.net), Ashot Soghomonyan (Aravot daily), Levon Barseghyan (Shrjapat), Vercihan Ziflioglu (Turkish Daily News), Berivan Tapan (Cumhurriyet), Nagehan Alci (Aksam) and Mustafa Akyol (Star).

On 13-15 September the Yerevan Press Club (YPC) together with Yeni Nesil Journalists Union (Azerbaijan), with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), organized a seminar on “The Role of Mass Media in the Karabakh conflict and fostering regional security and cooperation” in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to Armenian and Azerbaijani participants, there were invitees from Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Germany. Ipek Yezdani from TRT Turk presented Turkish media’s discussions about the Caucasus conflicts. From Armenia, participants included YPC, “Aravot” daily and panorama.am news website representatives.

 

Boris Navasardian

article_1240389888Boris Navasardian is the President of the Yerevan Press Club. Having studied journalism in Rostov on Don (Russia), his home town, Navasardian worked with several Russian-language Armenian newspapers (including Komsomolets, Respublika Armenii and Zerkalo) between 1979 and 1995. In 1995 he founded the YPC. An optimistic supporter of the normalisation process, he recently declared:

"Maybe the first round has ended but it does not mean that there will not be other ones which may be more successful. Today we are in the phase when the difficulties which impeded the two countries to reach the desirable result are being analyzed. One of our goals will be to analyze the past one and a half years and try to come forth with certain initiatives which will help to carry out the coming rounds more effectively."

E-mail: boris@ypc.am

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August 2010

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