February 3rd, 2009
During the first meeting of the spring session of Azerbaijan Republic’s Milli Mejlis, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ruling Yeni (New) Azerbaijan Party, Parliamentarian Siyavush Novruzov said that the decision of the National Television and Radio Council to dub Turkish TV soap operas is wrong. Novruzov stated that there’s dialect difference between Turkish and Azeri languages and therefore, there’s no need for dubbing. “If someone does not know Turkish, this is their own problems; one nation can not have two languages,” added Novruzov.

The National Television and Radio Council’s Deputy Chairman Togrul Mammadov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that the NTRC adopted this decision according to the “Law on Government Language” approved in 2002 by Milli Mejlis. The broadcasting of programs in any dialects or Turkish language is relevant to article 18 of “Law on Government Language.”
According to NTRC’s decision adopted on 30 December 2008, as of 1 January 2009, all programs, TV soap operas, documentaries and fiction movies should be broadcast in Azerbaijani language on all TV and radio channels.