Miklos Haraszti calls on Azerbaijani government to release two editors-in-chief from jail

Miklos Haraszti calls on Azerbaijani government to release two editors-in-chief from jail
# 10 September 2009 11:45 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Lachin Sultanova – APA. OSCE Representative for Freedom of the Media Miklos Haraszti held a press conference on results of his visit to Azerbaijan. According to APA, Haraszti said he met with Chief of the Public Policy Department of Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmoud Mammadguliyev and Ombudsperson Elmira Suleymanova and visited arrested editors-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev and Ganimat Zahid in jail. “I intended to meet with arrested bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizadeh, but I was told that it was impossible because of legal causes”.

Haraszti said he raised the issue of releasing the bloggesr in all meetings. “Ali Hasanov shared my concerns and said the problem would be solved positively on the basis of proceeding rules”.

The OSCE representative said his office concerned over the persecution against the journalists in Azerbaijan. “Azerbaijan needs not to persecute, but to protect them for improvement of freedom of the media”. Haraszti called on the government of Azerbaijan to release two arrested editors-in-chief.

The guest reminded about the pardoning of several journalists by the President of Azerbaijan and said he hoped this tradition would be developed. He called the withdrawal of foreign radios from the national air as a blow on pluralism. Haraszti said media legislation was changed negatively this year. According to him, Ali Hasanov said bringing to justice for slandering would be abolished soon. “If it is realized, Azerbaijan will make great step toward the fulfillment of media commitments undertaken before the OSCE”.

Haraszti also expressed concern over the proposals to regulate Internet in Azerbaijan and said it would give negative results. “There must not be a registration regime on Internet”.
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