Azerbaijan says no foreign radio broadcasts on local frequencies
"We are not closing down foreign radio stations but we want their activities to be regulated according to international practice," official said.
Azerbaijan said on Tuesday foreign radio stations would no longer be allowed to broadcast on local frequencies.
Azerbaijan's National Television and Radio Council said the ruling would enter into force on Jan. 1, 2009, affecting the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Russian Evropa Plus.
"The licence for broadcasting on national frequencies for these radio stations will not be extended," Nushiravan Magerramli, head of the National Television and Radio Council, told reporters.
They are free to broadcast via satellite, Internet or cable, he added. The government said the ruling was in line with the law.
"We are not closing down foreign radio stations but we want their activities to be regulated according to international practice," Ali Hasanov, head of the political department of presidential administration, told reporters.
The Council of Europe and some opposition figure have criticised Azerbaijan's move on foreign broadcasting.
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