“Or” plays down the significance of Friday’s opposition protest against the A1 Plus channel’s closure. The paper says the opposition should not pin big hopes on popular support for their cause because most Armenians are disillusioned with all political forces. They trust neither the government nor the opposition.
“Azg” claims that although former president Levon Ter-Petrosian’s allies were not among the organizers of the rally they are clearly pulling the strings in the opposition offensive against Robert Kocharian. The pro-presidential paper also says that none of the speakers at the rally presented “legal grounds” on which A1 Plus should not have been stripped of its broadcasting license.
“Hayots Ashkhar” makes a similar point. “We are taking this noise easy,” the head of Armenian state television, Tigran Naghdalian, tells the paper. “I think that the problem will get a solution.” Naghdalian, who is a staunch supporter of Kocharian, also blasts the “revanchist forces” that he says are exploiting the media outcry for political aims.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” voices its support to the A1 Plus staff’s decision not to meet with Kocharian.
“Aravot” says the Council of Europe should either terminate Armenia’s membership or “free us of some of our European obligations because all the signs are that their fulfillment does not foster development of democracy. Quite the opposite. It bolsters the dictatorship in the sense that it is a smokescreen for the authorities to indiscriminately stifle within the framework of the law.” The paper claims that the Council of Europe’s insistence on the passage of several regulatory laws helped Kocharian suppress A1 Plus.
“Aravot” also says Kocharian should not get carried away in blaming everything on his predecessors. After all, he too rose to prominence on the back on the 1988 movement for Armenia’s reunification with Karabakh. The president, the paper says, keeps emphasizing that political stability is vital for Armenia. “But in fact, his every step, every speech is aimed at agitating the public and further destabilizing the situation.”