Azerbaijan: Baku May Blacklist European TV News Channel
A late November Euronews report on the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh is prompting Azerbaijan's broadcasting regulator to threaten to ban "anti-Azerbaijan" cable television stations.
The Azerbaijani government claims that Euronews reporter Michael Raikhman's documentary was biased in favor of Armenia. "If any foreign television channel continues broadcasting such biased programs, we will demand cessation [of transmitting the channels on cable]," the Trend news agency quoted National Broadcasting Council Chairperson Nusheravan Maharrami as saying on December 5.
Describing the broadcast as "political," Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov argued that "[s]omeone is intentionally doing this at Euronews," Trend reported on December 7.
A group of Azerbaijani students and expatriates studying and living in France has scheduled a protest for December 11 outside Euronews' headquarters in Lyon, according to a report distributed by the APA news agency.