EU Makes Statement on Freedom of Speech in Azerbaijan

Society Materials 21 December 2006 12:27 (UTC +04:00)

The EU attaches great importance to the principle of the freedom of the media, which represents a constituent element of democracy. It calls upon the government of Azerbaijan to create an environment where the media can work freely, effectively and without fear, Trend reports citing to a statement issued by the European Union on the state of freedom of speech in Azerbaijan.

The EU acknowledges the decision of the National Television and Radio Council to allow ANS TV and radio to resume broadcasting, pending resolution of outstanding licensing issues, as a positive step. The EU underlines the importance of resolving outstanding regulatory issues so that a strong and independent media sector can flourish in Azerbaijan.

The EU will continue to keep the situation of the freedom of the media in Azerbaijan under close review.