(Saturday, June 12)
“Hraparak” reports that its imprisoned editor-in-chief, Nikol Pashinian, will be moved from Yerevan’s Nubarashen prison to another penitentiary institution located in Kosh, central Armenia. The paper says the Justice Ministry department promised to explain the relocation on Monday.
“168 Zham” reports that the Armenian police have terminated a criminal investigation into the 2008 assassination of the deputy police chief Gevorg Mherian after failing to identify any suspects. The paper says a police unit tasked with combating organized was at the same time instructed to continue to look for those responsible for Mherian’s death. It reminds readers that the national police chief, Alik Sargsian, had declared that solving the murder is “a matter of honor” for the police.
“Golos Armenii” says the Armenian National Academy of Sciences has added its voice to a public outcry over the construction of yet another restaurant in a public park in central Yerevan. The paper says a joint statement issued by its research divisions last week demanded that the Yerevan municipality immediately halt the construction work.
“Hayots Ashkhar” defends controversial amendments to Armenia’s law on broadcasting that were passed by the National Assembly in the second and final reading on Thursday. “Although the main purpose of this legislative initiative is digitalization [of television and radio broadcasts,] several grant-eating organizations and certain parliamentarians had been trying to relegate the digitalization process to the background and prioritize the issues of ensuring a ‘free air’ and ‘pluralism’ with an outcry and noise against the bill and dozens of proposals,” the pro-government paper says disapprovingly.
“Hraparak” comments on parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian’s speech at an inter-parliamentary conference held in Limassol, Cyprus on Friday. He spoke about “the opposition’s duties and rights in democratic parliaments.” “The parliament of our country proves his commitment to democratic norms and European values with concrete action,” Abrahamian told the conference. “The audience must have envied us and thought that the Europeans still have a long way to go reach Armenia’s level of parliamentary democracy,” scoffs the paper.