“Is This True?”

A timely and appreciated correction. I wish it becomes a tradition in our Armenian Media in Armenia and the Diaspora to be more responsible for what and how news items are reported for the benefit of all of us.

Dikran

From: PanARMENIAN.Net Editorial

To: [email protected]

Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 2:40 AM
Subject: letter
 

Dear Dikran, sorry for our mistake. Please, take away this news

Menq shalvel enk, nerogamit linek



PanARMENIAN.Net Editorial

URL: http://www.panarmenian.net
Mail: [email protected]
Tel: (+374 10) 551498
 

Dear Readers of Keghart.com,

Preceding with a question "Is this True" in the subject line, a very respected friend, author of many articles, brought to my attention the press release by PanArmenian News that is pasted below and forwarded to groong site.

This is completely misleading and it is not clear why PanArmenian News has released it without checking the source. Was it an innocent error?

A timely and appreciated correction. I wish it becomes a tradition in our Armenian Media in Armenia and the Diaspora to be more responsible for what and how news items are reported for the benefit of all of us.

Dikran

From: PanARMENIAN.Net Editorial

To: [email protected]

Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 2:40 AM
Subject: letter
 

Dear Dikran, sorry for our mistake. Please, take away this news

Menq shalvel enk, nerogamit linek



PanARMENIAN.Net Editorial

URL: http://www.panarmenian.net
Mail: [email protected]
Tel: (+374 10) 551498
 

Dear Readers of Keghart.com,

Preceding with a question "Is this True" in the subject line, a very respected friend, author of many articles, brought to my attention the press release by PanArmenian News that is pasted below and forwarded to groong site.

This is completely misleading and it is not clear why PanArmenian News has released it without checking the source. Was it an innocent error?

 

The statement was not launched by ARFD, but by Keghart.com ;  the authorship belongs solely to this site, and it was composed without any consultations with third parties. Furthermore, I’d like to underline that Keghart.com has no relations at all with ARFD, nor with any other organisation/party; it’s an independent personal website managed only and only by myself.
 

Respectfully,
Dikran Abrahamian.

ARFD TO LAUNCH AN INTERNET PROTEST CAMPAIGN AGAINST ARMENIAN-TURKISH AGREEMENT
 PanArmenian News, April 25 2009, Armenia

 /PanARMENIAN.Net/ ARFD launched an internet protest campaign against

Armenian-Turkish agreement.

Campaign statement runs as follows, "We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the agreement reached between Turkey and Armenia on the eve of the 94th Anniversary of the Genocide of the Armenians. Carried with haste and absolute absence of transparency, it raises grave concerns. As it stands, it serves only the interests of the authorities in Armenia. They shamelessly caved in to foreign pressures and interests, thus compromising Armenia’s security and the aspirations of the Diaspora Armenians," Keghart.com reported.

http://groong.usc.edu/news/msg266845.html
 

11 comments
  1. Shame on PanArmenian News

    It’s a shame that PanArmenian News is unable to distinguish between Keghart.com and ARFD, and sends out false reports. Is this intentional? Hopefully they will correct their mistake and retract their post.

    What a shame!!

    1. PanArmenian is state-backed

      PanArmenian is a state-backed news organization, renowned for misrepresenting information, or publishing segments of stories, leaving out the negative parts of statements, to suit state propaganda.

      This is undoubtedly one of their regular such stunts, in this case to add some credibility to Dashnak  apparent opposition to  the regime’s  secretive ‘sell-out’ of Armenia’s Genocide and apparent ratification of the ‘Kars’ agreement. It is exactly this kind of media manipulation that needs to be stopped.

      Tomorrow, 26th April, the Dashnak Party is to make an announcement on whether or not they will be leaving the coalition. We will see then how sincere they are.

       

      1. I re-read the Pan Armenia

        I re-read the Pan Armenia item.  Clearly they have trouble understanding English, or like you’re saying they’re outright spreading disinformation.

        It seems they think Keghart.com is "reporting" on a petition initiated by ARFD which isn’t the case.  But then how would the Armenian state benefit from this disinformation?  Not by that much from what I can see.  So the attribution problem I think was probably a careless error rather than deliberate.

  2. Chill out

    Sorry to put it this way, but…  Chill out.  It’s most likely just an innocent error.  I’m a bit taken back that you care so much about "credit."

    Clearly if someone goes to Keghart.com (which is cited in the report) they will see in bold letters just below "Keghart.com" and on every page, "Dikran Abrahamian‘s website devoted to community activities and Human Rights"

    So I don’t think you have much problems in terms of making sure you’re receiving proper credit.

    1. Really?

      Aram, as the saying goes: "give credit where credit is due". 
      If Dikran Abrahamian will not ask for it, then we, as Armenians should unite and do it for him and his site.

      Try to do the same to CNN or any other news agency and see if you can get away with it.  You are one of those people who think that it’s OK if Armenians are victimized and taken advantage of.  Meanwhile you don’t realize that in order to be respected, Armenians have to start demanding their work be recognized and they have to take credit for it.  I have seen so many Armenians in major corporations taken advantage of and they say "it’s ok…" and they go ahead with their lives.  It’s part of our humble but stupid upraising that have led us to be Genocide victims.  Enough is enough, Armenians are capable people and they deserve fair treatment as any other nation.

      …and if it’s an inncocent error, they have to correct it, right?  Let’s see…

      1. I’m not saying it’s OK to

        I’m not saying it’s OK to victimize.

        But considering that PanArmenia NET correctly attributed the petition to Keghart.com and if anyone goes to Keghart.com they will see quite clearly attributions to Dikran Abrahamian, I think it is rather a minor error not worth discussing publicly.  A private email by the owner of the site to Pan Armenia net asking for corrections would be more appropriate in my opinion.

        I think you’re over reacting with your statements like "It’s part of our humble but stupid upraising that have led us to be Genocide victims.  Enough is enough, Armenians are capable people and they deserve fair treatment as any other nation."

        Are you for real?  It’s just a simple mistake!  Bringing the genocide into this is quite laughable.

        1. Aram, you are right.

           

          Aram,

          You are right. I have sent quite a few messages to PanArmenian, commenting on such instances, and in fact I sent one in this instance. I do not expect a reply, but maybe drop-by-drop, they will get the over-riding message.

          [email protected]’; ‘[email protected]

          Dear /PanARMENIAN.Net/

          I would like to advise you that your article “ARFD launched an internet protest campaign against Armenian-Turkish agreement” is in the words of the actual author “Complete nonsense. The campaign was solely launched by Keghart”.

          In my words, this is not the first time PanARMENIAN has released incorrect information, presumably in an attempt to promote propaganda for the regime and its coalition partners, in this case the ARFD (Dashnaktutsiun) Party.

          You should release a follow-on article correcting your mistake and advising that the internet protest campaign against Armenian-Turkish agreement was solely launched by Keghart and can be found through this link: http://www.keghart.com/node/420

           

  3. Considering a similar “error”

    Considering a similar "error" that  circulated regarding authorship of the PBS petition, I am a little suspicious how "innocent" this is.

  4. PanArmenian News is the major

    PanArmenian News is the major provider of news from Armenia. How can it not distinguish ARFD (Dashnaktsutyun) which is in Armenia from Keghart in Canada?  If they can’t properly understand or read English then ArmeniaNews should not be in the business of media. It’s "minor " matters like this that at times cause animosities and even major confrontations.

    It seems Bruce has more knowledge about these matters and at least he has an interpretation. Whether it corresponds to reality or not that’s another issue. At least he has tried to give a plausable explanation that’s worth noting.

     

    1. Bruce is probably right.  But

      Bruce is probably right.  But the cost-benefit analysis done (or perhaps not done?) by PanArmenian.Net is remarkably bad.  I guess the people over at PanArmenian aren’t exactly the brightest hires whether or not they acted in malice.

      Now I see why Dikran chose to include this statement.

  5. Dashnak leaders could stay in their posts

    Today, 29th April, Armenia’s Speaker of Parliament Hovik Abrahamyan announcement on Armenia’s first state channel that three Dashnak leaders could stay in their posts, representing the opposition. They are Hrayr Karapetian, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Armen Rostumian, Head of Commission on Foreign relations, and Artur Agabekian, Head of the Permanent Commission for Defense and Police.

    It was hard to believe that the Dashnaks could leave the comfort of a very beneficial participation in the Sargsyan coalition. We will see tomorrow, 30th April, how sincere the Dashnaks are. But knowing them, these three will stay in their posts, effectively saying goodbye to any hope of the Dashnak Party representing any kind of opposition (that’s again me throwing down the gauntlet).

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