Status:Closed Thematic area:Anti-corruption and public accountability Country:Armenia Year approved:2017
Human Rights Power NGO
- Name of organisation / initiative supported: Human Rights Power NGO
- Start date: 1 February 2017
- End date: 31 October 2017
Public hearings and the presence of journalists during trials is crucial for monitoring the judicial system and eliminating corruption.
However, judges frequently obstruct journalists’ work during court proceedings in Armenia, without appropriate grounds or justification. Human Rights Power, a recently established NGO, has received support to develop an initiative to improve media coverage of court trials, and, thereby increase transparency of the judiciary. Outputs will include a study delving into issues concerning the work of journalists and material on reporting during court proceedings. In addition, training for young journalists on how to professionally cover public hearings and report arbitrary decisions by judges will be conducted. As a result, a group of younger journalists will receive information about their rights and will be encouraged to bring light to arbitrary decisions prohibiting recordings of public trials. Those engaged in litigation may also benefit, as publicity may serve for them as a tool for reducing risk of corruption and guaranteeing a right to fair trial.