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23.06.2022
Armen Gevorgyan’s Speech at Plenary Session of PACE Summer Session
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At June 23 Plenary Meeting the member of the RA NA delegation to PACE Armen Gevorgyan delivered a speech at the PACE Summer Session during the discussion on The Control of Online Communication: A Threat to Media Pluralism, Freedom of Information and Human Dignity.

“Thank you, Madam Chair,

Social networks and modern communication technologies have become the main tools for ideological influence over the past decade.

In a sense, we now live in an era where a new type of individual is being born: someone who has ceased belonging to his own state, his community or even to himself, but rather depending on social networks and the messages they broadcast.

This over-dependence on social networks has been leading to the disintegration of other fundamental democratic values and institutions. Top among them are free and fair elections. It creates a certain erosion of freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Experts have shown that via social networks, certain groups can potentially manipulate the political preferences of about 25 per cent of the electorate. Algorithms have already seized control of the emotions and wishes of millions of people worldwide. While entire states turn into digital colonies of their external administrators.

In our times, when social networks have degraded truth and facts to only secondary importance compared to feelings when some politicians successfully practice posts through politics, we must acknowledge that democratic and republican form of governance is in deep crisis. The above-mentioned processes now form a new format of communication between governments and the governed. Here, the democratic form of governance is not necessarily the unquestionable choice for ensuring sustainable developments of modern states. The government can no longer disregard the moods expressed in likes and dislikes on social networks. Some of them, at the same time, use social networks in order to sway public moods, stir division in society and artificially dominate public discourse, especially in times of nationwide campaigns.

Madam Chair,

The Council of Europe and this Assembly, in particular, must identify a reasonable balance and good merit of measuring the democratic credentials of European States. Namely, we shall work to develop a code of conduct for democratic states where governments, in particular, must be urged to ensure the right of the public to communicate freely online without interference. This includes not only adopting legal provisions to undermine organised networks disseminating fake news and hate speech, but also proactively investing in improving major literacy among the public. Of course, it must be the role of this organisation to find a reasonable balance and prevent this from becoming a punishment tool at the hands of the government against media and online activism, and indeed, promote a free and pluralistic flow of information online, which is respectful of human rights.” Armen Gevorgyan concluded his speech.


23.06.2022
You Can Observe Austria as a Reliable Partner: President of the Federal Council of Austria Said to Alen Simonyan
On June 23, the President of the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria Christine Schwarz-Fuchs received the delegation led by the RA NA President Alen Simonyan being in Austria on an official visit.The RA NA President noted in his talk that during last years, positive dynamics of development of...

23.06.2022
Legislative Initiative is Aimed at Improving the Electoral System: Vahagn Hovakimyan
The legislative package is aimed at solving the problems emerged after the reforms implemented in the Electoral Code. The Deputy Chair of the NA Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs Vahagn Hovakimyan said about that during the parliamentary hearings held on June 23. The draft law on Making ...

23.06.2022
Sona Ghazaryan’s Speech at PACE Plenary Session
The member of the RA NA delegation to PACE Sona Ghazaryan gave a speech at PACE Plenary Session.“At the beginning of the 20th century, the movement for women’s right to vote was spreading worldwide, and I am very proud to say that Armenia already was having success. In 1919 the first direct parliame...

23.06.2022
Representatives of World Bank Hosted in Parliament
On June 23, Arsen Torosyan, the deputy of the NA Civil Contract Faction, met with the representatives of the World Bank Tania Dmytraczenko, Adanna Deborah Ugochi Chuwuma and Toomas Palu.Welcoming the guests, Arsen Torosyan highlighted the continuous support provided by the World Bank for the reforms...



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