“Aravot” attacks pro-Kocharian media for accentuating on the A1 Plus’s alleged secret ties with the HHSh and its allies instead of protesting the station’s closure. Kocharian, the paper says, knows that the allegations are untrue and wishes that A1 Plus had not been an independent, self-financed company. “Kocharian is cherishing secret hopes that the company’s directorate will be so naïve as to take the president’s valuable advice and take part in the next [frequency] tender with the opposition money. He is seeking to create a new image for that TV company that will suit himself…The president has grossly violated our right to free speech. If we swallow this pill we will share the sins of these authorities.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” labels the Armenian foreign ministry’s statement defending A1 Plus’s closure as a “lie record.”
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” says A1 Plus must be allowed to resume its broadcasts, but only in “a more renewed, more objective” fashion.
The recently created daily “Or” claims that A1 Plus “faithfully served” the Armenian opposition. But it at the same time believes that the national commission on TV and radio is biased towards the channel. “The president, by not preventing A1 Plus’s closure, seems to be inciting the opposition, while the opposition, which portrays itself as a victim, is inciting the people. As a result, each of them is preparing for elections in its own way. The gentlemen are playing, but it’s the people that have always been and will be at a loss.”
In another commentary, “Or” says the new owner of the A1 Plus “frequency,” the Sharm company, will seek to distract the disgruntled public from politics with entertainment shows. But what the people want to hear and see is the truth, something which Sharm is unlikely to offer.
“Hayots Ashkhar” expresses confidence that “some compromise solution will be found and A1 Plus will again go on air.” The pro-Kocharian paper believes that opposition groups that “have long used the TV company for their own goals” are against its resurrection, anxious to cash in on the latest media uproar.