US 'disturbed' at Azerbaijan raiding Radio Liberty

File picture shows police vehicles in Azerbaijan's capital BakuAzerbaijan has raided and closed the local offices of a US-funded radio station in a move that has left Washington “deeply disturbed” and raised concerns about the treatment of non-state media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation. The offices of Radio Azadliq in the capital Baku were sealed on Friday after prosecutors and armed police confiscated equipment and computers during a raid, the station’s director, Kenan Aliyev, told AFP on Saturday. The station provides Azerbaijani-language programming in the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty network directed at Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The US State Department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the raid.

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