Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 November / Trend / The United States is seriously concerned over suspension of foreign radio stations in Azerbaijan.
"We believe radio stations, which will be suspended in Azerbaijan, introduced a lot of new things in development of democratization in the country," Robert Wood, an official of the US Department of State, said in his speech for media.
According to Wood, Azerbaijan did not inform the United States on suspension of radio stations. "As I know, neither radio stations nor special services, which are responsible for international airing of the US channels, have not received any data on this matter," he said. The United States seeks to hold dialogue with Azerbaijan to clear up the situation.
The BBC, Svoboda and the Voice of America radio stations would stop live broadcast in the country by the end of 2008, Nushiravan Maharramli, the chairman of the Azerbaijan National Broadcasting Council (NBC) said on 31 October. "At the end of this year all foreign radio stations will lose the frequencies through which they broadcast in Azerbaijan. Foreign radio stations will broadcast via satellite, internet and cable network," said Maharramli.
The Azerbaijan National Broadcasting Council (NBC) believes the decision to stop broadcast of foreign radio stations in the country has been politicized.
"Unfortunately, some organizations politicize the decision of the Council to stop broadcast of foreign radio stations. The decision was legally based," Maharramli told Trend .
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