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Azerbaijan’s ANS: Death of a TV Station

ANS TV’s newsroom. Azerbaijan’s broadcasting board suspended the privately owned TV station’s operations, purportedly to prevent “a provocation” and “the open propaganda of terrorism.” (Photo: Lala Aliyeva)

A Eurasianet partner post from Chai Khana

“I’ll call ANS TV.” Until a year ago, that was the threat often heard in Azerbaijan when local officials ignored street repairs or a factory wall collapsed. It was one place where many Azerbaijanis thought they could share their neighborhoods’ problems, and maybe even get results.
 
But that all changed on July 19, 2016 when Azerbaijan’s broadcasting board suspended the privately owned TV station’s operations to prevent “a provocation” and “the open propaganda of terrorism.”
 
The charges stemmed from an ANS interview, planned for broadcast, with the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Azerbaijan’s closest ally, Turkey, had just accused of organizing a coup attempt against the Turkish government.  Azerbaijan’s National Council on Radio and Television claimed that ANS’ interview suggested it supported the coup. The station, plus a sibling radio station and website, was eventually closed entirely.
 

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Azerbaijan’s ANS: Death of a TV Station

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