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Balding emphasized that they asked Ali Hasanov, the Head of the Socio-Political Department of Presidential Administration, to deliver their message to the president to release the three imprisoned journalists.
”Mr Hasanov promised that he will discuss the problem regarding bloggers with the president and will do his best to stop the lawsuits against them,” said Executive Director of Association of World Newspapers T.Balding. “If the government does not keep its promise, they will raise this issue before the Council of Europe, OSCE and other organizations.
According to T.Balding, Ali Hasanov said that the newspapers published by the government will be ceased eventually.
Head of the Socio-Political Department of Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov told APA that he did not say anything regarding closing of the governmental newspapers yesterday, on 24 September.
“I noted that official state newspapers publish the decisions issued by the government, work, and draft laws. I added that if “political press” notion is eliminated in Azerbaijan in the future, we might not need official governmental newspapers,” said Ali Hasanov.