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“Zhamanak” says the arrest of prosecution on torture charges of two Armenian police officers is part of state prosecutors’ attempts to settle scores with the police. The pro-opposition paper says that if the prosecutors were really principled and impartial they would have already punished police officers who shot and killed people in Yerevan in March 2008. It alleges a personal feud with Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian and police chief Alik Sargsian.

“Golos Armenii” finds “absolutely natural” Iran’s desire to become directly involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiating process. The paper links it with Turkey’s attempts to meddle in Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations. It also claims that Ankara has done everything to exclude Tehran from new regional security systems.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says pro-government media in Armenia are spreading contradictory messages about the Karabakh settlement sought by the Armenian authorities. “You can’t follow one path and propagate another one,” says the pro-opposition daily. “Or else, at the decisive moment a war will occur not on the border but inside the country. And that will be the worst possible variant.”

“Aravot” looks at what it calls government justifications for restrictions on media freedom. “What can one advise to the current and future authorities,” editorializes the paper. “To begin with, create a situation where citizens won’t be filled with hatred towards you and won’t necessarily to seek to see corresponding reports in newspapers and on television … The second advise is: take the opposition calls, chants and slogans easy, try to find rational elements in them, and, more importantly, make sure that media sympathizing with you serve as examples of good taste and civility. As things stand now, your propaganda is usually more ugly and inappropriate than the opposition’s. And finally, realize that your bans and repressions do not serve their purpose.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” rounds on those who have condemned Internet pictures of former President Robert Kocharian and his elder son Sedrak posing with animals killed by them during safari trips to Africa last year. The paper sympathetic to Kocharian attributes it to their “animalistic fear” of the ex-president, justifying the latter’s actions. “Real hunters are interested in the lion, the king of beasts, tigers, wild boars, zebras and antelopes,” it reasons. “In the past, such hunting for animals caused pleasure to renowned hunters like Winston Churchill, Carl-Gustav Mannerheim, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.” It also says that Kocharian’s and his son’s safari expenses were covered by those who invited them to Namibia and Tanzania.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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