15:47 Apr. 5, 2016
Baku claims LifeNews employees arrived in Azerbaijan without having accreditation
The journalists from controversial Russian LifeNews TV channel have been deported from Azerbaijan, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev said on Monday.
According to Hajiyev, journalists arrived and worked in Azerbaijan without an accreditation. He also accused LifeNews employees of providing false information and staging provocations.
"Azerbaijani authorities were respectful towards LifeNews workers. Yet they continued their provocative activities. That is why it was considered inappropriate for them to stay in Azerbaijan", Foreign Ministry's press service said.
Previously LifeNews journalists were also accused of biased reporting and organizing provocations.
In January 2016 Moldova did not allow entry to the channel's correspondents who were on assignment to cover the protests in the country's capital.
In August 2014 Ukrainian authorities banned the channel's broadcasting, stating LifeNews poses a danger to national information security.
The armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia escalated on April 1. The on-going fighting left at least 30 servicemen from both countries dead, more than 200 wounded. United Nations report 3 civilians were also killed.
Nagorno-Karabakh mediators are scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Vienna to discuss the outbreak of violence and possible ways to prevent further escalation.