BAKU, Azerbaijan – A court in Azerbaijan has ordered a local private television station to close because of its coverage of an attempted coup in Turkey earlier this month.
The Court of Appeals in the capital Baku on Friday upheld a motion by the National Council on Television and Radio to strip the ANS station of its broadcasting license. ANS was ordered to provisionally stop broadcasting on July 18 for a month because authorities said its reporting ran counter to "a strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Turkey."
Before it was shut down ANS ran a preview of an interview with U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the plot.
Azerbaijan, a Turkic nation, shares strong ties with Turkey.