APPEALS COURT REJECTS RADIO LICENSE LAWSUIT

March 3rd, 2011
Today, the Baku Appeals Court concluded the lawsuit filed against National Television and Radio Council for a refusal to a grant radio license. Judge Tofig Samadov presided over the hearing.

Rasul Jafarov appealed to the Judge to present new evidence. He reported that the National Television and Radio Council had previously granted a 6-year license to Azad Azerbaijan Company for broadcasting an ATV International Television channel.
The Judge rejected the appeal. Jafarov said that he will file an appeal with Supreme Court.
BACKGROUND
Jafarov, the founder of the TV and Alternative Media Development Centre, and independent journalist Yashar Agazadeh applied to the NTRC for a radio broadcast license for a Baku and Absheron frequency. The NTRC told them that there were a number of available frequencies, but refused to assign them an official frequency or grant them a license. The plaintiffs asked the courts to condemn this illegal behaviour by the government, and to compel the NTRC to give them a license. The lawsuit was rejected by the Sabayel District Court.