Foreign radio broadcasting ban debated

Foreign radio broadcasting ban debated
# 04 December 2008 13:25 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Elnur Mammadli–APA. Azerbaijan Media Center organized debates on ban of foreign radio broadcasting in the Azerbaijan’s national frequency on Thursday, APA reports. Representatives of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council (NTRBC), radio stations and public community attended the debates. NTRBC member Gafar Jabiyev said generally radio stations broadcasting in Azerbaijan had serious problems, as well as a number of shortages in the subjects, professionalism and broadcast territories of the programs. Jabiyev said many people introduced this issue as a ban of foreign radio broadcasting, but the question was about the ban of their broadcasting in the national frequency. “Voice of America has occupied the Azerbaijan’s national frequency since 1998, Radio Liberty and BBC – since 1999. The National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council was not established in that time and this issue was agreed with the government. The Council didn’t discover anything new. We only fulfill law’s demand”.
Media expert Zeynal Mammadli said while entering into the Council of Europe Azerbaijan took obligation on the freedom of expression and freedom of citizens’ information obtaining. He said stopping of the foreign radio broadcasting restricted the citizens’ rights to obtain information.
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