AVAZ ZEYNALLI MARKS HIS 42ND BIRTHDAY BEHIND BARS

December 19th, 2011

 

Today, IRFS press center hosted a press conference on the investigation of the arrest of Khural newspaper founder and Editor-in-chief Avaz Zeynalli.

Turan News Agency Chairman Mehman Aliyev said that the conclusions of the investigation conducted by an investigative group formed to review Zeynalli’s arrest will be released shortly.

ASI newspaper editor-in-chief Anar Mahmudoglu said that the arrest of Zeynalli is politically motivated, designed to suppress free speech. He deplored the pressures used against newspaper employees following Zeynalli’s.

The head of the Alliance for Defense of Political Freedoms, Anar Mammadli, said that the local democratic public supports Zeynalli, and that this matter has been acknowledged by international organizations in Baku.