6 January 1998

Alert

Independent news agency threatened by government


Incident details

threatened


(RSF/IFEX) - On 22 December 1997, Hasan Hasanov, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, allegedly described a Turan news agency report
on his speech delivered at an OSCE meeting in Copenhagen as
"anti-governmental" in nature. The speech in question dealt with
the Karabakh conflict.




According to Mr. Hasanov, the independent agency is "engaged in
active anti-Azerbaijan propaganda." On 28 December, during a
press conference, the minister repeated that the news agency had
provided false information concerning the OSCE meeting in
Copenhagen.


On 23 December, Tofik Zulgurov, deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs, threatened to apply sanctions against the agency. He
said that Turan journalists would not be allowed to question
Ministry employees or enter the Ministry building.


Recommended Action


Send appeals to authorities:

  • asking that the government stop putting pressure on the news
    agency
  • urging that the government respect the freedom of expression and
    the press




    Appeals To



    His Excellency Haidar Aliyev
    President of Azerbaijan
    Baku, Azerbaijan
    Fax: +994 12 98 33 28 / 92 06 25 / 93 56 43


    (in Canada and the U.S.A.)
    Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
    927 15th Street NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC
    20005 USA
    Tel: +1 202 842 0001
    Fax: +1 202 942 0004







    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.





  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org


    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
     
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