On May 15 the Chairman of the Public Council on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Ashot Bleyan addressed the court of primary jurisdiction of Center and Nork-Marash communities of Yerevan demanding to recognize the decisions of the National Commission on Television and Radio of April 2, 2002 to be incompliant with the RA Law “On Television and Radio”, the RA Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. As it has been reported, as a result of the broadcast licensing competitions on April 2, 2002, “A1+” and “Noyan Tapan” TV companies were refused licenses (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 30 – April 5, 2002). The decisions passed by the National Commission are qualified by Ashot Bleyan as a violation of the inseparable right of the plaintiff to the freedom of speech, belief and information. Nine more individuals joined the claim.
On May 22 the court accepted the claim for consideration.