DEBATE HELD IN FRAMEWORK OF TEN DAY EVENTS FOR ELMAR HUSEYNOV

March 3rd, 2010
Today, 3 March, in the Azerbaijan Media Center, a debate was held within the framework of “Ten days of events for Elmar Huseynov” regarding the fifth year anniversary of Elmar Huseynov’s murder. The event began with one minute silence for the memory of slain journalist.

The debate moderator, Baku State University’s Journalism Faculty Instructor Seymur Kazimov said that the theme “Should there be a different subject to be taught regarding late journalists in journalism faculties?” would be discussed in the debate that was held with support from AMC, Yeni Nesil Journalist Union and the US Embassy to Azerbaijan. Kazimov stated that as a result of survey in several journalism faculties it was determined that students do not have enough information about late journalists.

Baku State University sophomore Hajibey Heyderli and Odlar Yurdu University freshman Farid Shahbazli participated in the debate.

Odlar Yurdu University student Farid Shahbazli said that he does not see a point to teach such a subject now. He noted that it would not be right to teach this kind of subject since the reasons of their deaths are not always clear. As an example, he mentioned Elmar Huseynov’s murder and said that error could be committed in the teaching because his murder remains unsolved.

BSU student H.Heydarli stressed that this subject would be important to be taught. “If we wait until for any crime to be solved to study something, it will be too late,” said H.Heydarli.

Journalists and journalism faculty students then asked the debate participants questions.

Yeni Nesil Journalist Union Chairman Arif Aliyev, who participated in the event as an expert, BSU journalism faculty instructor Gulu Maharramli, Democratic Journalists League Yadigar Mammadli, military journalist Uzeyir Jafarli and journalist Idrak Abbasov spoke and expressed their opinions regarding the theme.