ArmInfo. Attacks on the media cannot be justified under any circumstances. MP from the Prosperous Armenia faction, press secretary of the party's head, Gagik Tsarukyan, Iveta Tonoyan, said this during a briefing in the National Assembly of Armenia, commenting on the attack on the "Hayeli" press club (Mirror-Ed. note)
The MP noted that Armenia is a democratic state. Consequently, there can be no alternative to freedom of speech and the right to freedom of action of the media. "We believe that law enforcement agencies should take appropriate measures as soon as possible. Those guilty should naturally be punished to the fullest extent of the law," Tonoyan emphasized.
In turn, MP from the fraction of the My Step bloc, Vladimir Vardanyan, also condemned the attack on the "Hayeli" press club. He noted that if there is no free journalism in Armenia, then democracy in the republic may be in jeopardy.
"I do not always share the opinion of various media, including the "Hayeli"press club, and this is normal. However, I believe that such actions are unacceptable. Each media has the right to freely express their point of view," the MP noted . Head of the Bright Armenia faction Edmon Marukyan agreed with the point of view of his colleagues.
According to the MP, when a group of people tries to act in the interests of a particular political force, they do a disservice to representatives of this force. "I hope that in the near future law enforcement agencies will identify and punish the perpetrators. You can't do this in a country that positions itself as a democratic state. However, I would not argue that freedom of speech in Armenia is under threat," he stressed.
The MP noted that such attacks on the media will lead to the fact that during the next session in PACE, representatives of the Azerbaijani delegation will accuse Armenia of lacking democracy. "I don't understand why create such situations, because later we will be forced to deny these allegations in PACE and other parliamentary international venues. We understand that the point of view of the media may not coincide with the point of view of this or that person, but still I urge the public refrain from violence, " Marukyan concluded.
To note, on October 5, several young people attacked the "Hayeli"press club. They claimed that "Hayeli" was spreading pro-Azerbaijani information and demanded the closure of the press club. In turn, the head of the press club, Angela Tovmasyan, stated that the attack was connected with her opposition position, as well as with the position of the authorities in connection with the situation with her brother Hrayr Tovmyasyan. Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan also commented on the incident, saying that attacks on the media are unacceptable. To recall, the ruling "My Step" faction initiated a process to terminate powers of President of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan. Parliament has already approved the corresponding draft law, which has been submitted to the Constitutional Court. Members of the Constitutional Court will decide whether Tovmasyan will leave the post or not.