Well, writing this post especially for my journalism colleagues worldwide, female part of them in particular 🙂 International Women’s Media Foundation(IWMF) started a global Facebook campaign in November this year, and I was honored to be the first featured international woman journalist in there. The aim of the campaign is to feature and promote female journalists from around the globe, so I write this post to encourage you to become the part of it 🙂
Slideshare featured my presentation today to be the most viewed one, sending me an official letter about that. Well, good to hear that. Sharing it in my blog we well. Enjoy people 🙂
“Hello, it’s me” by Frunze Dovlatyan, a very nostalgic and genie film was to open “One shot” international film festival being held in Yerevan in May 17. This much and nothing more… Friends, friends and friends only, enthusiastic people whose great efforts made this festival possible. First, i was excited to watch this film again, second i was excited to read Parajanov’s words about it – “Love and death, war and creating, memory problem; in what unexpectedly bright colours and fresh approach did he reveal these eternal themes! Everything was new here: both the broadness of the film and the faces of the characters… It was a big picture. But it also involved big anxiety.” At last, Continue reading
Jafar Panahi, a very talented Iranian filmmaker, among Armenian audience probably known for “The Circle” film /which criticized the treatment of women under Iran’s islamist regime/. So, Panahi was due to take his place on the Cannes jury this year. Instead, he is incarcerated in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, after he was arrested for unspecified crimes. The festival has left an empty chair on the jury panel.
A few days ago Jafar Panahi has begun a hunger strike to protest at his imprisonment in Iran, BBC reports. The Iranian authorities have clamped down on dissenting voices since protests flared over the disputed elections last June. Mr Panahi’s family were released shortly after their arrest, but he was taken to Evin prison in Tehran. His wife, Tahereh Saeidi, told the opposition Rahesabz website the director had informed her by phone that he had stopped eating and drinking until he was allowed to see his family and a lawyer. Continue reading
Ernest Vardanean, a 33-year-old stringer for the Transdniester news agency Novy Region 2, is accused of spying for Moldova and could be sentenced to between 12 and 20 years in prison if found guilty. The Moldovan government, the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have urged authorities in Tiraspol to release Vardanean from detention and to ensure he receives a fair trial. Numerous human rights and journalists’ associations, including Reporters Without Borders, have also condemned his arrest.
While a small group of Internet bloggers and human rights activists picketed the Russian Embassy in Yerevan today, a television channel in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdniester has aired a video showing a jailed local journalist confessing to spying. Continue reading