CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS’ IDENTITY SHOULD NOT GO UNPUNISHED

April 23rd, 2008
“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.