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OSCE Says Media Freedom Declining In Azerbaijan

(RFE/RL) November 15, 2006 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today warned that the freedom of the media in Azerbaijan is declining.

In a statement read to journalists at the opposition newspaper "Azadliq," OSCE diplomats called on the Azerbaijani authorities to do more to protect journalists and also criticized the authorities for restricting radio broadcasts from the Voice of America, RFE/RL, the BBC, and other foreign media outlets.

"Azadliq" has been threatened with eviction from its offices in Baku for allegedly failing to pay thousands of dollars in rent.

(AP, Turan)