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Azeri government behind foreign media ban, say European Games officials

• Organisers in Azerbaijan say government made decisions on entry
• Several media, including the Guardian, were barred from attending

A decision to ban some foreign media from attending the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan this month rested with the government and was not taken by the event’s organisers, officials said on Saturday.

Journalists, including the Guardian’s chief sports correspondent Owen Gibson, have been refused entry visas but organisers of the event in Baku said it was the government who was clearing individuals to enter the country based on their own set of criteria.

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