30.03.2009 | 
Student, Education
ARMENIAN EXPERIENCE IN INVESTIGATION
ARMENIAN EXPERIENCE IN INVESTIGATION
"Journalism is like a perpetual flirt".

This idea, in the result of editing, did not appear in the book of TV Journalist Edik Baghdasaryan Journalism of inquiries: Armenian experience. Today at YSU Faculty of Journalism was presented a book the NGO Investigator Journalists. The book was published in the framework of European Union grant, European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights.

This book is the some kind of summarizing of 9 years of work in investigative journalism. On the example of the Internet newspaper Hetk, founded in 2001, Edik Baghdasaryan told about the opportunity to be occupied in the area of investigative journalism in Armenia, on the advantages and difficulties, and gave practical advice for all stages of the investigation.

I have got a bad habit, which I advise you to get: after all meetings I make some notes, especially if it is an interview with senior officials related to a future article, - Mr. Baghdasaryan noted.

Writing of an article-investigation, is already an entire history, in which you make a thousand different steps, meetings, but when you write articles you use only 10 percent of the available information that is, the most interesting you do not actually write, - explained the winner of several local and international prizes, adding that experienced journalists (particularly overseas) publish books of these notes in future.

In the Armenian reality, the biggest problem of journalists and media is the lack of response to the investigative material. A journalist, for the months leading the investigation, identifies the facts, checks over, publishes, and no response. According to Edik Baghdasaryan for many years journalists used to write what they wanted, and did not assume responsibility for their materials, but today a serious text has got no credibility.

But we are looking for ways to compel the government authorities to be responsible for such publications. Sometimes we send our publication as a letter to a particular instance and ask to comment, to address this issue, although it is not our task, - said Edik Baghdasaryan, citing the example of the publication of the Ministry of Nature Protection. - In all normal countries, after such publication would be followed by either attracting us to the court, or resignation of the Minister.

One student asked what qualities must have a journalist to work in Hetk. He should be able to write, to be honest, hardworking, resourcefulness, be prepared to treat bias to officials thoughts and be able to resist. Neither one of you have problem with the bravery: you are courageous, - replied Edik Baghdasaryan. And the Dean of the Faculty of Journalism Naghash Martirosyan added that the journalist of Hetk must be a scholar of YSU Faculty of Journalism.

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