Posted: 17 Oct 2006 Print Send a link
"(Azerbaijani) Officials have ordered local radio stations to cease broadcasts of programming prepared by foreign news organizations, including the British Broadcasting Corp., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. ... 'The foreign radio stations must use their own re-broadcasting transmitters to air their programs, rather than use the airtime of local radio stations.'" Eurasianet, 11 October 2006. "The U.S. Embassy in Baku is holding talks with Azerbaijani officials in efforts to clarify the situation and bring the broadcasts into compliance with the country's media laws." VOA News, 11 October 2006. Update: Reporters sans frontières calls on the Azeri government "not to implement a 13 October decision by the National Council for Television and Radio to stop local radio stations Antenn and ANS and the Azeri state radio from retransmitting BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe programmes from 1 January. The ban also affects Voice of America TV programmes." RSF, 17 October 2006.