Freedom of Expression and Media Consumption Research in Armenia

The media landscape is diverse in Armenia, including television, radio, print, and online platforms. Private media outlets have significantly contributed to this diversity by providing alternative viewpoints and content. However, concerns regarding media freedom, independence, and censorship have persisted over the years.

Online media in Armenia is gaining prominence as it offers alternative platforms for news and information dissemination. In contrast, traditional media outlets are grappling with economic challenges such as limited advertising revenue and financial sustainability. Moreover, various research reports have indicated a decline in public trust in media institutions in Armenia.

Freedom of Expression and Media Consumption Research is conducted within the USAID-funded Media Program in Armenia. It provides evidence on how information consumers in Armenia find, share, value, and trust information. The research also analyzes the supply of and demand for information and identifies threats to and constraints on freedom of expression from the vantage point of citizens and media practitioners.

The research includes 7 main domains related to Media Consumption and Freedom of Expression:

  1. Media Consumption and Habits of Consumers
  2. Level of Trust
  3. Consumers’ Needs
  4. Media Needs
  5. Level of Media Literacy of The Population
  6. Ethical Standards
  7. Freedom of Expression