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US, EU Oppose Azerbaijani Plans to Drop RFE, VOA, BBC

(WASHINGTON, D.C) The United States and Europe are reacting with concern to Azerbaijan’s proposal to discontinue local radio broadcasts of international media such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the Voice of America (VOA) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) at the end of the year.

Today, the U.S. Department of State, issued this statement:

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, Anne Derse, the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, said:

Peter Semneby, The European Union’s (EU) Special Representative for the South Caucasus said:

Andres Herkel, the Council of Europe’s Special Representative to the region, said:

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Broadcasting from Baku, RFE/RL’s Radio Azadliq broadcasts 10 hours a day or orignial programming, offering listeners up-to-the minute news and information and a rich menu of live, interactive, call-in shows on local, social and political issues. Among the most popular programs are the daily one-hour “Dear Baku” and two-hour, prime time “After Work” shows. They have stimulated vigorous public debate about corruption, infant mortality, the state of national health care, and other issues. In May, the Union of Women Journalists of Azerbaijan presented Radio Azadliq with the “Most Successful Media Organization of the Year” Award. [Visit Radio Azadliq online in Azeri or English].