Armenia Politics

Hand's Off Our Liberty!

Representatives of a number of non-governmental organizations and active citizens marched from the Freedom Square to the National Assambley building, demanding Freedom for “Liberty”.
“At all times in our newest history, whenever we were experiencing retreat from democracy, one of the first steps has been stopping the “Liberty” broadcasts\. Today we are again living such times”, – according to the president of the Yerevan Press Club – Boris Navasardyan.
While the protest action by a couple of dozen Radio Liberty supporters was in progress outside the gates of the Parliament, debates continued within – without much progress. Some details have emerged from the discussion, changes have been suggested by the Prosperous Armenia, Republican and “Rule of Law” parties – but as the suggestions from the coalition parties do not change anything substantial in the legislative initiatives, whereas the suggestions of the opposition parties don’t look as if they have a slightest chance, no real change is expected to the situation until tomorrow morning, when the final vote will be held on the government proposed legislation, which in essence is an attempt to deprive Radio Liberty of its current broadcast capacities and audience in Armenia.

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By Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant

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