Genocide Centennial


Azerbaijani reporters visit Armenian Genocide Memorial during Yerevan trip: media
/Feb 5/Panorama/

Editor of Azerbaijani news agency Turan Shahin Hajiyev has arrived in Armenia with a group of reporters to perform professional activity.

On the sidelines of their visit, the journalists accredited by the Armenian Foreign Ministry have held meetings with Armenia’s political figures and reporters.

According to the information obtained by, the team of journalists has also visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.

An adviser to the Armenian president, political analyst Tevan Poghosyan has weighed in on Hajiyev’s Yerevan visit too.

He posted a photo with the Azerbaijani journalist on Facebook and revealed that he had given an interview to Hajiyev who had promised not to distort his words.

In a comment on the post, the analyst said the Azerbaijani journalist seeks “to understand the public opinion in Armenia”.   

Meantime, Hajiyev has made no posts on his Armenia visit on social media.

Turan says the consent of the relevant authorities of Azerbaijan and Armenia was obtained for the editor’s trip to Armenia, adding Hajiyev is accompanied by his assistants from Georgia and Russia.

The materials prepared by the reporters will be published on Turan and Contact news agencies.

“We kindly request not to distort or add information about the purpose of this trip,” the Azerbaijani media outlet said. 

Armenia MFA comments on Azerbaijani journalists’ visit to country Armenia MFA comments on Azerbaijani journalists’ visit to country
/Feb 5/           

YEREVAN. – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Armenia does not create obstacles before foreign journalists to work in the republic, spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan said during Tuesday’s press briefing at the ministry.

In her words, a reporter from Azerbaijan’s Turan news agency is in Armenia to carry out journalistic activities.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received a request [from this reporter] for permission to carry out journalistic activities in Armenia,” Naghdalyan explained. “After passing through relevant journalistic procedures, the [said Azerbaijani] correspondent’s request was granted.”

She added that this Azerbaijani reporter has arrived in Armenia with own crew, and that the country’s MFA considers this to be absolutely normal.

“Dozens of reporters apply to the foreign political office of Armenia every day from various countries, to get an accreditation,” Anna Naghdalyan noted.

France to declare April 24th National Day of Commemoration of Armenian Genocide, says Macron
/Feb 5/

YEREVAN – President Emmanuel Macron has said France will make April 24 “a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide”, France24 reported.

Armenia and Armenians around the world mark April 24 annually as the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

Speaking to the Armenian community at a dinner organized by the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organisations of France (CCAF), Macron said: “France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face, which was among the first to denounce the killing of the Armenian people, which in 1915 named genocide for what it was, which in 2001 after a long struggle recognised it in law”, according to France24.

France “will in the next weeks make April 24 a national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide,” he added.

The French president’s remarks honoured a campaign promise from his election in 2017.

At the event Macron also paid tribute to French-Armenian crooner Charles Aznavour who died in October 2018.