New York, November 19, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brazen attack on Edik Baghdasarian, the editor of the Yerevan-based online newsmagazine Hetq. Three unidentified men ambushed Baghdasarian on Monday outside his office and badly beat him.
Baghdasarian was immediately taken to a hospital with a concussion, the journalist's son, Tigran, told CPJ. He is still recovering today.
"We condemn this vicious attack on Edik Baghdasarian and
call on the Armenian authorities to conduct their investigation thoroughly and bring
his assailants to justice," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
According to the U.S. government-funded Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty (
Baghdasarian is a prominent investigative reporter who also
heads the Armenian Association of Investigative Journalists. He regularly covers
corruption in the Armenian government. According to local CPJ sources, his most
recent reports concerned corruption in the mining industry. He said he believes
the attack is related to his work, but could not say who could be behind the
Armenia's authorities denounced the attack on Baghdasarian and pledged to investigate it. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan visited him in the hospital and assured him that prosecutors will investigate the attack, the independent Caucasus news site Kavkazsky Uzel reported. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's spokesman said the president urged the investigators to find those responsible. Today, Yerevan Police Chief Ashot Miridzhanian told independent news agency ArmInfo that he is personally overseeing the investigation and said police are talking to the officer who witnessed the attack.