Radio Liberty reporters attacked during clashes in Yerevan
11:27, 30 July 2016

Radio Liberty reporters attacked during clashes in Yerevan

Outlet expects the attackers to be judged and punished; reporters were doing their job, - RFE\RL President

11:27, 30 July 2016

Three correspondents of Radio Free Europe\Radio Liberty were attacked while covering the events in Yerevan. The men who attacked the journalists - Karlen Aslanian, Hovannes Movsisian, and Garik Harutiunian - were armed with sticks and metal bars, and were clearly aware that they are assaulting reporters.

"Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is outraged by this attack on journalists carrying out their professional duty," RFE\RL President Thomas Kent said. "We expect the Armenian authorities to bring the attackers to justice and protect journalists carrying out their legitimate work."

Armenian police spokesman Ashot Aharonian promised in a Facebook post that the police will “immediately” investigate violent attacks on journalists from RFE/RL and other media outlets covering the protests. The Armenian Human Rights Ombudsman’s office also announced that it would investigate reports that those who attacked the journalists were policemen dressed in plain clothes.

Related: Jagland: Conflicting sides in Armenia should bring end to ‘dangerous situation’

Related: Yerevan clashes: 100 detained, 60 admitted to hospitals

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