Threat to local broadcasts by foreign radio stations

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s threat to stop foreign radio stations from broadcasting on local frequencies from the start of next month under a law requiring them to sign a contract with the Azerbaijani authorities in order to be able to continue. The Azeri-language programmes of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, BBC and Voice of America are the most likely to be affected.“The threat to these radio stations completely contradicts the commitments Azerbaijan gave when it joined the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for the maintenance of foreign news broadcasts in Azerbaijan. If the solution is signing a contract with the state, we hope this will be possible. It if is not, it will clearly have been a political decision.”Azerbaijan undertook to democratise itself when it joined the OSCE in 1992 and the Council of Europe in 2001. Local broadcasting by RFE/RL, BBC and Voice of America has been under threat since last summer. The National TV and Radio Council is due to reach a final decision on 25 December. If it allows them to continue broadcasting, it is expected to request content changes. RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News Newscenter_img News News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further December 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threat to local broadcasts by foreign radio stations June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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