FREEDOM OF MEDIA RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED

January 24th, 2008
The Institute for Peace and Democracy and Azerbaijan Lawyers Association are conducting regular meetings and roundtables to prepare proposals on improving Azerbaijan’s court system.

One of these, a roundtable discussion entitled “Courts and the Media” was held on January 15.

During a meeting yesterday, Legal Enlightenment Society chairman lawyer Intigam Aliyev summarized all proposed offers and presented them. Recommendations related to court practices in the area of media freedom are as follows:
•    To put moratorium on Criminal Code article containing criminal punishments due to libel and insult;
•    To prepare a law defining civil responsibility due to defamation and adopt it within a short period of time;
•    To use precedents from the European Court on Human Rights when considering cases against the media
•    To provide trainings/instructions for judges to use when considering defamation cases.