On March 31 at Journalists Union of Armenia, a press conference was held with the representatives of the Fund for Freedom of Speech Support – public organization initiating the April 2 procession and rally in support of “A1+” TV company. The protest action is timed to the two-year term of “A1+” without air (see detail in YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 19-25, 2004). At the meeting with the journalists, its organizers declared that the previously announced time for starting the procession still holds (14.00 from the “A1+” TV company building), however Yerevan municipality gave permission for conducting the rally not on the Freedom Square but in the vicinity of the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran.
According to the initiators of this campaign, in the past few days they were exposed to various forms of pressure and expostulation by the police and prosecutor’s office urging them to give up their plans. Nevertheless, the campaign in support of freedom of speech will take place. It was also stressed that the aim and demands remain the same and are not politicized.