EBU launches Azerbaijan investigation

by Benny Royston 44 views

The European Broadcasting Union, organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, have informed esctoday.com that an investigation is underway regarding the questioning of Azerbaijan residents that voted for Armenia at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest by the Ministry of the Interior.

Media reports claim that the 43 members of the Azeri public that voted for neighbouring Armenia were traced and taken for questioning about their actions. tensions between the two countries remain high after a war fifteen years ago.

esctoday.com contacted the EBU for comments on the situation and today the EBU have confirmed to esctoday.com that an investigation has been launched into the issue and also whether the voting number for Armenia was blocked for Azeri viewers during the show. You can read the full story here.

"The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is aware of the rumours and accusations made in the media and started last week to investigate the matter. The investigation will involve our technical partners and also gives our Member Broadcasters the chance to respond. Until this investigation is completed we cannot comment further on these rumours and accusations," said Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU.

esctoday.com will continue to cover this story.

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