EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Azerbaijan: Baku May Blacklist European Tv News Channel

Posted by Info on 08/12/2009

A late November Euronews report on the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh is prompting Azerbaijan’s broadcasting regulator to threaten to ban “anti-Azerbaijan” cable television stations.

The Azerbaijani government claims that Euronews reporter Michael Raikhman’s documentary was biased in favor of Armenia. “If any foreign television channel continues broadcasting such biased programs, we will demand cessation [of transmitting the channels on cable],” the Trend news agency quoted National Broadcasting Council Chairperson Nusheravan Maharrami as saying on December 5.

Describing the broadcast as “political,” Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov argued that “[s]omeone is intentionally doing this at Euronews.”

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