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Armenia: Editors At State Radio Station Resign Over Firing

Prague, 4 September 1996 (RFE/RL) - Several editors at Armenian state radio are reported to have resigned yesterday in support of the radio's director, Stepan Zakarian, who the editors say has been forced to step down, reports RFE/RL's Armenian Service.

Zakarian, a well-known member of the ruling party, was forced to step down following a clash with a bread factory manager and a regional leader of the ruling party who has been accused of corruption.

The clash occurred after a radio reporter, who was preparing a program on corruption in the government controlled bread industry, was assaulted in a bread shop.

A court case followed in which the judge forced the radio to retract the charges of corruption.

Last week, President Levon Ter Petrossian said publicly that both parties were at fault and both should be fired from their jobs.

The manager of the bread factory was fired and the director of the radio resigned.

Employees of the radio and youth organizations say they are planning a demonstration and a possible strike at the radio.