6 January 1998


Independent news agency threatened by government

Incident details


(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

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
  • 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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