Political Parties Expressed Their Attitude toward Shut Down of ANS
Political movements and public organizations of the country have expressed their attitude towards the decision of the National TV and Radio Council of November 24 concerning suspending the broadcast of ANS TV and Radio Company, Trendreports.
Opposition Party of National Independence of Azerbaijan evaluated this as a pressure on the media freedom in the country. The Party also thinks that it will affect Azerbaijan international image. The Party calls the authorities to give up the aggressive attitude towards the media and hold up the pressure on the freedom of word.
Party Adalat (Justice) considers that the closure of ANS will cause additional troubles to Azerbaijan before international organizations in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. This event will be estimated as smothering the freedom of word.
MP Aydin Mirzazadeh, a member of the Political Council of ruling party Yeni Aarbaycan (New Azerbaijan), said that the above-mentioned decision of the National TV and Radio Council showed the evidence that Azerbaijan was legal and democratic country where laws apply to everybody. In this country, everyone should pay taxes, as well as observe the existing legislation. Nobody should pose to especial position. I regret that recently ANS have pretended to have particular privileges. Serious shortcomings in the activity of the broadcasting company were violating the laws, opening a new radio frequency in the region and broadcasting foreign TV channels without any official permission. The decision of the National TV and Radio Channel shows that every legal and physical person must respect the law, said Mr. Mirzazadeh.