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On December 4, 2023, the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia (FOICA) initiated legal proceedings by filing a lawsuit to compel the "Civil Contract" party to disclose information.
The Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia confirmed the fact of violation of the Freedom of Information Center's right to receive information by the Yerevan Municipality.
Media Defence has today filed a case at the Strasbourg court on behalf of four Armenian citizens following the bombing of the town of Martuni by Azerbaijani forces during the recent armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The applicants - three journalists who were injured and the brother of a journalist fixer who was killed - allege that as a result of this attack their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were violated by Azerbaijan.

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58. FOICA vs. Police

On December 4, 2020, Freedom of Information Center of Armenia sent a request to the Personal Data Protection Agency of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, asking for a consultation.

On November 24, 2020, the Freedom of Information Center sent a request to the Police of RA asking to provide information and give a list of how many legal entities and physical identities have been fined in RA based on violation of restrictions on freedom of speech by November 25, 2020, based on martial law adopted on September 27, 2020, indicating the amount of each penalty.

The Police referring to Article 8, Part 1, Clause 2 of the RA Law on Freedom of Information, refused to provide the list of fined persons, noting that ‘(…) information on the mentioned part is refused as it will violet the privacy right of the media (fined) protected by law.’

Due to Article 24, Part 3, Clause 15 of the RA Law on Personal Data Protection, the FOICA asked the Police to give a consultation on existing legal arrangement practices concerning requests to provide personal data or being refused.

The response of the Personal Data Protection Agency of the RA Ministry of Justice can be found here.


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