Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station that reportedly planned to broadcast an interview with Fethullah Gülen, the Pennsylvania-based imam who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames for instigating a failed coup.
In a July 19 statement, Azerbaijan’s National Council for Television and Radio announced that it would suspend for one month the privately run ANS TV’s broadcasts “to prevent the provocation aimed at undermining the strategic cooperation relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan, and not to allow the open propaganda of terrorism,” Trend news agency reported.
The Council added that it also would sue to have the station’s license revoked. Prosecutors on July 19 brought in Vakhid Mustafayev, head of ANS’ parent company, and the TV station’s general director, Mirshahin Agayev, for questioning.
Although authorities provided no details about the alleged “provocation,” ANS TV had announced an upcoming broadcast of an interview with Gülen. Station executives have not commented on the suspension.
To read the full story
Durna Safarova is a freelance journalist who covers Azerbaijan.