April 23rd, 2008
PACE’s monitoring group “AGO” is alarmed about the situation of the media in Azerbaijan.

This is noted in the report that “AGO” Group unveiled yesterday (22 April), based on a visit the group made to the region recently to see how Azerbaijan is fulfilling its commitments to PACE.  The report will be submitted to the Council of Europe Ministry Committee today (23 April). The political prisoner problem and the current situation of speech and press freedom in Azerbaijan are comprehensively reflected in the document.  According to APA, the group considers the hunger-strike of the imprisoned journalists was alarming. The group also suggests that Azerbaijani Government take important steps to ensure the independence of the National TV and Radio Council.