ArmInfo. "Recently, certain messages have been visible on which I conclude that certain problems may arise with regard to the media," MP from Prosperous Armenia faction Naira Zohrabyan said in a conversation with reporters on January 17.
According to the MP, there was pressure on the media under the previous authorities. "As a former journalist, I can say that under the previous regime there was a lot of pressure on the "Haykakan Zhamanak " newspaper, which I worked for, and on its chief editor, who is now the Prime Minister of Armenia.
Almost every week, we, the newspaper's staff, found out that another lawsuit has been submitted to us in court, that is, this particular newspaper was subjected to the greatest pressure from the former authorities. However, what did they achieve? In fact, nothing, "the MP emphasized.
According to Zohrabyan, no government can interfere with the work of the media. "To declare war on the media is simply absurd. It would be absurd if the government decides that it can declare war on a publication that does not disseminate information that is pleasant to them. Given that there was a war before against Nikol Pashinyan, lawsuits were repeatedly submitted, but and achieved nothing, I hope that the current government will not repeat the mistakes of the previous authorities, "the MP concluded.
To recall, on the eve of the government meeting, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted that many media in Armenia are controlled by the families of former senior officials. The head of government called for continued work to ensure transparency not only in government circles or large companies, but also in public organizations and the media. "The logos of at least two TV channels can be substituted with the words "Corruption" or "Corruption Group" the head of government said. He also stated the need to identify the real owners of the media.