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Still much ado about Azerbaijan (updated).

Posted: 05 Dec 2008

"The broadcast of foreign radio stations in Azerbaijan will depend on intergovernmental agreements, member of [the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council] Gafar Jabiyev, said. ... The Council can extend the term of license of foreign radio station only in case agreement is reached with the countries which own these radio stations including Voice of America, Radio Liberty and BBC, Jabiyev said." Trend News Agency, 3 December 2008.
     Officials of the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the U.S. Embassy Baku meet with the chairman of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council Nushiravan Maharramli. APA (Baku), 3 December 2008.
     "Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis ... said he would discuss the issue with Azeri officials." RFE/RL News, 2 December 2008. See also VOA News, 2 December 2008.
     "The opposition says the proposed move was another attempt to stifle criticism of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, who won re-election in a landslide victory in October." The Moscow Times, 4 December 2008.
     Update: "A plan by Azerbaijan's government to suspend international radio broadcasts from local frequencies early next year would deal a serious blow to the country's already dismal press freedom record. The change, expected to take place January 1, would prevent most Azeri citizens from accessing news broadcasts from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the BBC and Voice of America. ... Blocking the broadcasts of Radio Liberty, The BBC and VOA would be a huge step backward in an environment that already suffers from a lack of credible, independent information," said Christopher Walker, Freedom House director of studies. "Azeri society will suffer as corruption becomes more deeply entrenched due to the country's increasingly non-transparent and unaccountable governance." Freedom House, 4 December 2008. See previous post about same subject.

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