Armenia profile - Media

  • 17 January 2013
  • From the section Europe

Television is Armenia's dominant medium. Some 25 private stations operate alongside two public networks. The main Russian networks are widely available.

Few Armenians rely on newspapers as their main news source. Print runs are small - usually a few thousand copies - and most titles are owned by wealthy individuals or political parties.

A media law prohibits censorship. However, libel and defamation can be punished by prison terms and journalists have been sentenced under relevant laws.

The media are subject to political influence, says US-based Freedom House. Most of the key outlets are controlled by the government, or government-friendly individuals, it says.

Internet access is on the rise. Most users access the web via mobile devices. Russian-language Odnoklassniki and Facebook are the most popular social media platforms.

The press



News agencies/internet

  • Arka - private, English-language pages
  • Armenpress - state-run, English-language pages
  • Mediamax - private, English-language pages
  • Arminfo - private
  • A1+ - news website, English-language pages