It has been two weeks already that "Azadlig Fadailari" newspaper stopped its publication.
The newspaper's founder Tahmasib Novruzov told the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, "The newspaper was shutdown due to financial problems."
IRFS also spoke to "Azadlig Fadailari" newspaper's editor-in-chief Vugar Gurdganli. He said, "I don't have any information about this, because I resigned a few days earlier of its closure."
Recall that lawsuit put forth by ANS against “Azadlig Fadailari" is still pending. In connection with this, IRFS contacted ANS' lawyer Tofig Hajiyev. T. Hajiyev said, "The closure of the newspaper doesn't mean that will be relieved from responsibility. Everyone needs to be held responsible for his or her actions. We will persist with our demands."
Recall that, ANS filed a lawsuit against "Azadlig Fadaileri" Newspaper and correspondent Nebi Allahverdi, due to an article that was run in the 28 November-01 December 2007 edition of the newspaper. According to ANS' legal representation, the article, entitled "The pornography of ANS," with the subtitle "ANS is in everywhere-impoliteness," doesn't correspond to the truth, and involves false, humiliating and insulting information. ANS is seeking to have a refutation published, and also wants a 50,000 AZN fine instituted against Allahverdi and a 10,000 AZN a fine instituted against "Azadlig Fadaileri." The next hearing on this case will be conducted on 6 March 2008 at 11:00 a.m.