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Congressman Engel statement om raid of RFE/RL in Azerbaijan


US Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday urged Azeri government to allow RFE/RL to resume its work and to stop harassment of RFE/RL employees.

Engel made a statement regarding the raid on the RFE/RL Baku bureau and the interrogation of its employees, TURAN's Washington correspondent reports.

"I’m deeply troubled by the recent actions against RFE/RL and its personnel by the government of Azerbaijan... Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and for generations RFE/RL has been a source of reliable, unbiased news and information across Europe. With the RFE/RL Baku bureau sealed shut by government officials, that source has been silenced and that freedom is under assault," he noted. 

"Azerbaijan is a strategically important country bordering Russia and Iran and a key provider of energy resources. Continuing these actions will serve only to undermine democracy in Azerbaijan. I urge leaders in Baku to allow RFE/RL to resume its work and to stop harassment of RFE/RL employees,” reads the statement.



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