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A former TV journalist who was banned from working in his home country of Azerbaijan after exposing some of the country's problems, has found new opportunity in the Brooklyn restaurant industry.
Ramal Huseynov was the host of a talk show that centered on social and political issues and worked in TV news for 24 years.
But the plug was pulled on his TV show when the Azerbaijan native began speaking out about a state run oil company's finances.
"When the program was closed, my TV station was afraid for me. 'Oh he's dangerous. We can't work with him,'" Huseynov says.
After he was let go, no other TV network in the country wanted to take him on.
He says it's not the first time he was shuttered. He produced a documentary on homeless children as well.
"One week I wasn't allowed to come to work. The government doesn’t want journalists to show these problems in the public," he says.
He says no station was willing to work with him so he left the country to pursue a different career and left behind his friends and family.
After working at pizzerias and other restaurants, he recently opened a Turkish restaurant in Brooklyn.
When speaking of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Huseynov says there are lots of similarities.
"Our culture, our language, our religion is same," Huseynov says.
He opened his restaurant Istanblue Kings on Kings Highway in April.
Huseynov says he plans to build his restaurant up and continue to dream big.