A shuttered television station in Azerbaijan has asked the revered Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev to put in a good word for the channel with his son, the current President Ilham Aliyev, so that it can return to broadcasting. One minor problem with the request -- Heydar Aliyev has been dead for almost 14 years.
Faced with routine crackdowns and arrests, Azerbaijani media have often appealed for help and looked for protection beyond the ex-Soviet republic’s borders. But until this point, nobody sought help in the hereafter.
ANS TV thought differently.
Last summer, the government barred ANS, a privately owned, pro-government channel, from broadcasting after reports surfaced that it planned to air an interview with the US-based imam Fethullah Gülen. The move was seen as Azerbaijan accommodating ally Turkey, which has accused Gülen of staging a 2016 coup attempt. A court in Baku later revoked ANS TV’s license.
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