YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Aravot newspaper reported Thursday that one of its freelance correspondents–Gagik Shamshian–was attacked and beaten up late Tuesday by a group of men allegedly linked to Mher Hovannisian–Yerevan’s Nubarashen district mangaer.
The attack took place just hours after the RFE/RL Armenian service aired an interview with Shamshian–in which he claimed to have been threatened by Hovannisian’s father for reporting that two alleged bank robbers arrested last week were related to the prefect. The paper quotes Shamshian as saying that Hovannisian’s brother Ruben was among the assailants.
Another newspaper reported that Edik Baghdasarian–a prominent investigative journalist and the editor of the Hetq.am online publication–has a received a series of threatening e-mails for publishing articles critical of tycoon Gagik Tsarukian. The author of letters referred to Tsarukian as a "king."