Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Plant CJSC sued 1in.am news portal and Presenter Gohar Hayrapetyan for the statement made, "Who Are the Real Owners of Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine?": Gohar Hayrapetyan stated this on her Facebook page, noting that this is an attempt to silence the media.
We present the full post below:
“What I'm writing now is very personal. I don't like to talk about this. My father was a talented geologist who graduated from Lomonosov University, he dealt with the estimation of gold and molybdenum reserves. He worked at Sotk Gold Mine. My father died of cancer when my sister and I were 1 year old. And it has had a profound effect on all my fatherless childhood and adolescence. Subsequently, almost all my father's relatives in Kapan and Kajaran died of cancer.
And now Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Complex has filed a lawsuit against me for a statement I made during "Who Are the Real Owners of Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine?" report, which is “the mines plunder the soil and leave us tailings dumps as a gift. A lawsuit was also filed against 1in.am news portal.
It is well known that in the course of our reports we have repeatedly addressed the issues of mines, the terrible damages and consequences of tailing dumps. And so an attempt is made to silence a media outlet that reports problems and is not involved in the transactions with mines and their owners and shareholders. We have started a process for very understandable reasons: the mines have decided to declare war on independent media that they cannot keep silent.
War, then let it be a war. We will meet in court. I look forward to the information, public and psychological support of all those concerned about this issue.
I forgot to add. I know that they will soon target me and fill all the dirt of their tailing dumps with various media outlets, not caring about my family, children, and us. We have seen that, we know that."
12:57 November 22, 2019