UN Award to SCOOP-supported Reporter

Marianna Grigoryan’s story “Home Abortions Destroy Young Women”, which was supported by SCOOP,  has been awarded a special prize by the UN Armenian office.
Though the article  did not cover the topic of the UN Journalism Award contest, namely, the UN activities, the jury decided to grant a special encouraging prize to the article.
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Home Abortions Destroy Young Women


Young pregnant Armenian women see a new pill, Cytotec, as an easy way to get abortion.
It’s much, much cheaper than getting abortion in hospital and neither parents or the “father” will learn about it. But they harm themselves – in some cases for the rest of their life. Marianna Grigoryan from Medialab investigated the issue.
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The prisoner who didn’t get help


On 10th of October 2010 the Armenian criminal Slavik Voskanyan, 33, was transferred to the prison in Vanadzor in the Lori-region. He was in good health. Very good health. Two weeks later he died from poisoning in his leg.
How could this happen? Why didn’t he get treatment? The reporter Adrine Torosyan from Hetq investigated the matter.
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Repatriated Armenians Got the Cold Shoulder

When Turkmenistan became independent, hundreds of Armenians living there lost their legal rights to stay. The Armenian government and the International Migration Organisation brought them – tickets paid by Norway – back home, where everybody turned their back at them.
Valya Baghdasarian, who now lives in Sisian city, was one of them. She moved to Armenia ... Read More »

No Borders for Pesticides


As other countries Armenia has introduced rules and controls of pesticides, but these dangerous substances are sold by unauthorized businessmen, the actual control  is slack and farmers know far to little how to use them.
All this is documented in an article by Susanna Shahnazaryan. The story was published in the Armenian online magazine Hetq on the 26th ... Read More »

Dangerous drinking water


In one case, 87 people from the Nubarashen-neighbourhood in Yerevan, Armenia, had to receive medical treatment, in another inhabitants of the villages Nor Kharberd and Ayntap had to call the ambulance.
In both cases the drinking water from Yerevan Djur (Yerevan Water CSC) was heavily polluted. Sara Petrosyan took a closer look at the incidents – and what happened afterwards.
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Police brutality the Armenian way


Vahan Khalafyan was an ordinary petty criminal, but his death wasn’t: He died in police custody and after some public fuss some police officers were put on trial and convicted for mistreatment of their prisoner.
The family of Vahan Khalafyan, who was just one of six thieves arrested at the occasion, does not believe that he ... Read More »

Workers underpaid in gold mine

Workers in the Deno Gold mine in Armenia had to go to court to get their salaries from the Canadian owned company.
There is no doubt, that Ashot Grigoryan and his colleagues were paid too late, too little and sometimes not at all. The matter was investigated by the Armenian authorities which in the end only ... Read More »

Historical monument cracks


The only church from the Greek period of Armenias history, in Bashkend, has to be removed. According to research funded by Scoop its walls are cracking due to mining in the area. The reporter Gohar Isakhanyan took a closer look at the non-Armenian monuments in the Syunik-region.
Gohar’s story was published in www.lragir.am online newspaper, the ... Read More »


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