Congratulations to A1+ TV company, its journalists, anyone who cares about media freedom in Armenia, and anyone who wants to see Armenia a better place to live.
This decision does not mean that A1+ will have to get back on the air, i.e. it does not oblige government to do so. However, it is extremely important in terms of wording of the European Court of Human Rights decision, which states:
The Court held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the Armenian authorities’ refusal to grant the applicants’ requests for broadcasting licences.
From now on, the legality of depriving A1+ its broadcasting rights is no longer there, on a formal, European level. Of course, Armenian authorities may wish to downplay it, limiting their liabilities to paying 30 000 euro to A1+ for damages and expenses (as stated in a Court decision). But they can no longer ignore it.
From now on, this issue will always be on the 'moving towards Europe' agenda which Armenian government is so keen to show it is devoted for, on the level of words, at least.
Full summary of the European Court of Human Rights decision is available here