“No crime directed against the identity of journalists should be left unpunished,” assistant chairperson of Azerbaijan’s representative board in PACE Gultakin Hajiyeva said during a talk with journalists in which she expressed her opinion about the current situation of the Azerbaijani media.
“But in connection with this, I accept today’s situation of Azerbaijani journalism with heartache, and I think every professional journalist will agree with me that Azerbaijani journalism is in a miserable state. Today there’s no professional journalism in Azerbaijan,” she said. She added that the government is not conducting a campaign against the opposition and independent media. “The government never has conducted and never will conduct a black PR campaign against anybody, any press organ or any opposition representatives,” Hajiyeva said.