On May 10, upon his return from a trip to the countries of Latin America, RA President Robert Kocharian in his conversation with journalists commented on the National Press Club awarding him “Enemy of Press” title (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, April 27 – May 3, 2002).
The President said that he treats the title with humor since he does not believe that there are presidents who communicate with media more often than he does. At the same time he expressed his regret that currently journalists are becoming a tool for political forces and lose their face. “Today they do not exist for me as journalists”, Robert Kocharian stressed.
The RA Prime Minister Andranik Margarian gave a similar response to the award, announcing he did not take it seriously.