On April 26 RA Civil Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the court of primary jurisdiction on the litigation between Gyumri Municipality and founder of “GALA” TV company, “CHAP” LLC, regarding the right of the “GALA” to use the city TV tower. As it has been reported, on February 17, 2011 the court of general jurisdiction of Shirak region obliged “GALA” founder to stop using the city TV tower and to dissemble the equipment installed on it within a month (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, February 11-17, 2011). The court litigation has been lasting since November 2007. The tax inspection of the “GALA” founder started right after a week, when on October 22, 2007 the owner of “CHAP” LLC Vahan Khachatrian made a statement with regard to the attempts of various power agencies to exert pressure on the TV company (see details in “On Freedom of Speech in Armenia” Yerevan Press Club reports for 2007-2009 on www.ypc.am in “Media Reports” section).
As “GALA” informed YPC, the founder of the TV company intends to contest the decision of the Court of Appeal.