Monday, January 5, 2009

U.S. and EU have expressed concern about the prohibition of foreign radio stations in Azerbaijan.

U.S. and the EU expressed concern about the ban on broadcasting of foreign radio stations in Azerbaijan, reports BBC News. According to the U.S. Department of State, "the media played a key role in the maintenance of democratic dialogue and the free exchange of ideas and information."
Similarly, expressed the EU Commissioner for Foreign Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner. She said that "the decision of the Government of Azerbaijan to suspend the broadcasting of foreign radio stations is a matter of grave concern." In addition, the decision by the authorities criticized the OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media, Miklos Haraszti.
Recall that according to the decision of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Azerbaijan, the first in January 2009 in the country stops broadcasting local radio stations, broadcasting in foreign languages. Among hit by the ban radio "Voice of America, Radio Liberty", BBC, and "Europe plus". The last, however, the council added another two years to bring the broadcasts into compliance with the legislation.
His decision council explained that under existing laws, local radio stations are required to broadcast primarily in the Azeri language. Since 2004, Azerbaijan has gradually lost their air frequencies, Russian, French and Turkish radio stations.

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