“Haykakan Zhamanak” denounces the Armenian Court of Appeals for upholding “illegal” court verdicts rejecting the A1+ channel’s appeals against the National Commission on Television and Radio which stripped it of the air. The TV station now has no option but to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, the paper says.
“Orran” says the decision was “logical” and consistent with the authorities’ resolve to silence a critical media outlet.
But “Hayots Ashkhar” defends the broadcasting commission, saying that its case was so strong that it did not require much legal defense.
“Aravot” quotes A1+ director Mesrop Movsesian as welcoming the Court of Appeals verdict. “We have now taken a sigh of relief. We were prepared for that and know what we should do next,” he says, adding that the appeal to the Strasbourg-based court will be filed within a month.
“Or” observes that the latest events in the Armenian parliament are assessed differently by politicians affiliated with the pro-government camp. For example, leaders of the Republican Party and the Miasnutyun faction are jealous about other parties aspiring to the status of a presidential support base. There are also differences among opposition forces. The paper says that all of this is not conducive to a decrease in political tensions. It is not clear whether the parliament will be able to resume its normal work.
“Aravot” lists businesses controlled by the leader of the pro-Kocharian Orinats Yerkir party, Artur Baghdasarian. Those are hotels, restaurants and even taxi firms. Officially they are owned by Baghdasarian’s brother and father. “This is his main principle in politics,” the paper says, recalling that Baghdasarian ardently supported Levon Ter-Petrosian in the September 1996 elections only to defect to his opponents’ camp in February 1998. “The next president too could use Artur Baghdasarian and his Orinats Yerkir.”