Azer Cittan: Censura y miedo en Eurovisión
Martes, 24 de Abril de 2012
This interview with Azer Cirttan was recorded by Nicklas Wallén in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in February 2012.
Explaining what lead up to his decision to leave the country, Azer tells me that the concerts he tried to make were all cancelled. A while later he started to feel as if being stalked. Some persons were following him around in Baku.
Azer's fear is based on that oppositional people of other professions has been killed. He knows how powerful the government is, and he feels that anything can happen to anyone who is as loudly outspoken as he is in some of his songs. Until this point no musicians have been arrested in Azerbaijan, but there have been a number of incidents where musicians have been harassed.
Azer's wife is an oppositional activist and since they have a little daughter now they came to the point were they felt that they couldn't go on with being that outspoken in Azerbaijan, and none of them can stand being silent. They had to leave in order to still be actively critical, without having to worry about their safety.