Watchdogs react to Azerbaijan's plans to evict foreign radios from the FM band.

Posted: 03 Nov 2008   Print   Send a link
Reporters sans frontières "has sent a letter to President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev appealing to him to intervene after the National Broadcasting Council announced it planned to take three foreign radios stations off the FM band by 2009. They are the BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. ... The organisation pointed out that the three media involved 'provide comprehensive, high quality and objective news'. and 'contribute fundamentally to the continued pluralism that is virtually non-existent elsewhere in the Azerbaijan media.' It stressed that 'their popularity - particularly that of RFE/RL - demonstrates this'." RSF, 3 November 2008.
     Committee to Protect Journalists "deeply troubled" and reports that the "BBC, which broadcasts on FM and AM frequencies, said in a statement on Friday that it had recently negotiated the construction of three radio stations in Azerbaijan that would strengthen its transmissions." CPJ, 3 November 2008.
     Ban is opposed by opposition parties. Trend News Agency, 3 November 2008. See previous post about same subject.