April 15th, 2008
According to a press release disseminated by the Assistance Fund for the Protection of Speech Freedom and Journalists, the fund conducted a meeting today.

During the meeting five appeals were considered. A decision was adopted to allocate aid in the amount of 1900 USD to the applicants. 

According to fund regulations, 400 USD was given to imprisoned “Azadlig” newspaper satiric/journalist Sakit Zahidov to hire a lawyer his defense in the court, 200 USD was given to “Yeni Musavat” newspaper employee Shahvalad Chobanoglu, who was injured while carrying out his professional work, and 500 USD was given to imprisoned Editor-in-Chief of “Gundelik Azerbaijan” and “Realny Azerbaijan” newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev. “Reyting” newspaper employee Elshad Mammadov’s application was held for consideration during the fund’s next meeting due to shortcomings in the application. This fund operates through financial support from the Assistance Fund of Open Society Institute.