A decision by the Radio and Television Commission of
Armenia has drawn sharp criticism from proponents of
free speech and from international agencies who say
such action does little to secure Armenia' s place as
a developing democracy.
For the third time in 15 months the Commission refused
last week to grant television broadcast licenses to
A1+ and Noyan Tapan companies. From 1997 until last
year, both companies were broadcasting, and were considered
"oppositional" stations, meaning that their
reports include information sometimes critical of the
Government. Noyan Tapan stopped broadcasting in September
2001 (under government pressure some say). A1+ was denied
a new license in April 2002.