RFE/RL Hits Roadblock in Armenia

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is upset that Armenian Public Radio is rejecting a contract to continue carrying programs of its Armenian Service.
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is upset that Armenian Public Radio is rejecting a contract to continue carrying programs of its Armenian Service.

Such programs have been aired on Armenia’s top radio network since 1998, the officials said, “where they have earned the trust of a significant number of listeners.”

Discussions in Armenia ended without agreement on a contract to replace one that ended in February.

“The Armenian parliament on July 3 did not adopt amendments to the country’s media regulations that would have banned RFE/RL and other foreign broadcasters from public airwaves,” RFE/RL stated. “One week later, Armenian Public Radio indicated that it planned to stop RFE/RL broadcasts on Aug. 9, citing contractual and payment issues. Last week’s visit to Armenia by RFE/RL and BBG contracting officials was intended to resolve these issues,” but those ended without agreement.

The Armenian Service has been on the air since 1953.

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