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RFE/RL’s Armenian Service: Radio Azatutyun

RFE/RL’s Armenian Service has paired exemplary journalism with digital innovation to become a leading source of credible, independent news.

Fast Facts

  • RFE/RL’s Armenian Service, operating out of a bureau in Yerevan, is a leading source of trusted reporting and technical innovation, reaching outsized audiences when developments demand authoritative, up-to-the-minute news most.
  • Radio Azatutyun, as it is known locally, broke records in 2018 with its 24/7 live TV coverage of the political developments in April and May that year that forced former President Serge Sarkisian from office and brought opposition leader Nicol Pashinian to power. Numerous Western media outlets, including Reuters, CNN, BBC, AFP, and France 24, relied on the Service’s live-stream and videos to cover the events, and leading local broadcasters that were subject to censorship rebroadcast its reports.
  • In a first for the Service, Azatutyun in May 2018 was the top search query in Armenia for a period of 30 days, well ahead of Facebook, YouTube, and Odnoklassniki, according to Google Trends. Moreover, 9 out of the top 10 Google search queries in Armenia were related to Azatutyun.
  • In press freedom rankings, Armenia was designated Not Free by Freedom House and ranked 137/198.

Impact

January – December, 2018

  • Website and Apps: 32.2 million visits, and 74.4 million page
  • Facebook: In Armenian: 567.2 million video views, 584,500 total fans In Russian: 88,094 video views, 12,200 total fans
  • YouTube: 177 million views, and 313,000 subscribers
  • Twitter: Over 11,000 followers
  • Instagram: 7 million video views, 4.2 million impressions, and 264,000 followers

Facts & Stats about Armenia

  • Population: 2.93 million (World Bank estimate, 2017)
  • Most Common Languages: Armenian, Russian, Yazidi Kurdish
  • Press Freedom Index (Freedom House): Partly Free, ranked 63rd out of 100 (2017)
  • Press Freedom Index (RSF): 61 out of 180 (2018)
  • Corruption Index (Transparency Int.): 105 out of 180 (2018)
  • Global Peace Index (IES): 120 out of 163 (2018)
  • Human Rights Watch: Report on Armenia (2019)
  • Amnesty International: Armenia Report (2017/2018)​

Updated: April 2019

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