On March 5 a debate was held at the Media Center on “The role of intellectuals in forming of civil societies,” with participation of movie director Tigran Khzmalyan, president of the Journalist Union Astghik Gevorgyan and writer and scriptwriter Vahram Martirosyan.
Director Tigran Khzmalyan, who is included various civil initiatives and often appearing with critical speeches said that “there are no intellectuals today,” as they do not express their position and do not support their nation.
“Being an intellectual means being free. An intellectual is someone who is free of lies and expresses his thoughts. An intellectual must be in his place – next to his people, against the occupying regime. Who is on the other side of the barricade does not have the right to say
«that he is an intellectual,” announced Tigran Khzmalyan at the Media Center.
Asthghik Gevorgyan, president of the Journalist Union, member of the Public Council and the Yerevan City Council said that she regularly arises concern with environmental and town-planning issues, but “that opinion is not always heard.”
“I announced my position both about the Mashtots park and the Closed Market, but I do not participate in protests, I do not go out into the streets, It is the way I am,” said Astghik Gevorgyan, president of the Journalist Union, noting that intellectuals must have a political opinion, but should not be partisan.
While talking about the role of an intellectual and his activity in political initiatives, Vahram Martirosyan noted, that it is often obligatory, but not desired.
“I want to have normal authorities, so that I and Tigran Khzmalyan would never have to go and fight the police for kiosks. We must serve the society with our work - my books, Tigran’s movies,” said Vahram Martirosyan, writer and scriptwriter, noting, that “An intellectual must be where he is needed, where he has to force his electoral rights to be respected.”
You can watch the press conference by following this link.