Film, video and photography
In 2002, the government adopted Fundamentals on Preservation, Distribution and Development of Cinematography, with the purpose of policy development in the cinematography sphere. This document approved the forms of organisation of state policy, fundamental principles and procedure for rendering state assistance, and the main activities and main directions of the strategy.
The main strategic directions in the cinematography sphere are film production, presentation and distribution, technology policy, international activities, and personnel training and retraining. The basic principles of the policy are the independence of cinema organisations, creation of available conditions for joining the cinematography sector, and rendering state assistance for the development of the sector.
The main purpose of the document is to ensure transition from the budget financing form of film production, distribution and presentation to the alternative financing system, which will give an opportunity to combine state assistance with different contributions from other organisations, the private sector and bank loans, under the obligatory condition to reimburse the funds given for film production, distribution and presentation by the state.
Separate legislation for regulation of the photography sphere is not envisaged.
In 1991, after the adoption of the Law on Press and Other Mass Media in Armenia, censorship was abolished officially and freedom of the press was declared. This is a key document in the broadcasting sphere as well.
On 9 October 2000, the President signed the Law on Television and Radio adopted by the National Assembly. On 13 December 2003, the Law on Mass Information was adopted. It contains several articles relating to the protection of national heritage during broadcasting. Broadcasting companies should provide 55% of airtime on average to “native programmes”, including programmes on foreign languages translated into Armenian.