Journalists Injured While Covering Yerevan Protests

Tigranuhi Martirosyan

Journalist, SMM specialist

During the “Tavush for the Motherland” protests in Yerevan on June 12, journalists, cameramen, and photographers were injured due to the extraordinary measures employed by the police and the resulting clashes with the protesters. The movement was demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Some technical equipment was damaged and lost.

NEWS.am operator Vazgen Yetumyan suffered a broken leg. He is currently hospitalized at the First University Hospital and is expected to undergo an operation.

“After the explosion of the first stun grenade, we started running towards Lovers’ Park, where another stun grenade was thrown in the direction of the fleeing people. That’s when I got injured. Citizens gave me first aid. The ambulance could not get close to that area, so they carried me to the tent in their arms. A doctor at the tent treated my wound and bandaged it. Later, an ambulance came and took me to the hospital,” said Vazgen Yetumyan.

During the clashes at the same location, the CivilNet operator’s leg was injured. He received medical care, and his condition is reported as stable. CivilNet’s live broadcasting equipment has been damaged.

Mediahub.am reporter Nare Gevorgyan, AlphaNews reporter Arpine Baghdasaryan, and cameraman Hovhannes Hakobyan were injured from the extraordinary measures the police took.

The newsroom’s camera and other equipment were damaged, some of which were lost.

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