NEW RULES TO BE APPLIED TO EUROVISION CONTEST DUE TO SCANDAL IN AZERBAIJAN

September 17th, 2009
On 11 September, in Oslo, the Responsible Committee – Supervision Group on “Eurovision” song contest discussed the situation of voting in Azerbaijan. A decision was issued to change the rules of the contest, according to a statement sent to Radio Liberty by the European Broadcasting Union. 

The European Broadcasting Union’s Responsible Committee on “Eurovision” song contest, Support Committee decided that the participating broadcasting company holds the responsibility for any violation that would reveal information in any form. The new rule will secure respect to personal life of voters. If not, EBU might use relevant sanction against the television that will violate the rules.
According to the previous rules, the television companies made commitments to “Eurovision” song contest to respect personal life of voters. However, EBU did not have the right to use sanctions; therefore the rules had to be changed.
Azerbaijani citizen named Rovshan Nasirli told press that on 12 August he was called to the Nasimi District Department of NSM for voting for Armenian singer during Eurovision Contest 2009.Political scientist Arastun Orujlu’s 17 year old son was also summoned to the National Security Ministry on 6 August for voting for the Armenian singer during the 2009 Eurovision Contest. However, A.Orujlu did not permit his son to go there because they were not sent an official invitation.