Following the 2018 revolution the founder of the television company “A1+” unexpectedly applied to the court against the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Television and Radio Commission.
“A1+” lost its broadcasting licence on 2 April 2002. By the current action the founder of the television company claims acknowledging null and void the decisions of the 7 tenders held in 2003 adopted by the Television and Radio Commission on not granting it a broadcasting licence.
This is not the first time that “A1+” is trying to have the court restore its violated rights. The company had applied to the European Court of Human Rights, which stated in a 2008 judgment that the applicant’s right to freedom of expression was breached. Ara Ghazayan, representing “A1+” in the administrative court explains why bringing such action is important now։ “First, we need to have “A1+” rehabilitated, second, the company wishes to return to the air, third, we are in an unnatural situation as we have a final judgment of the European Court stating that injustice had been administered in A1+’ case and, at the same time, we have the seven judicial acts of the Armenian court, which state that no illegal decisions had been taken. There cannot be a situation where the European Court says in a judgment that there is a violation and judgments of domestic courts in the same case, which say the opposite.”