Yesterday, 26 January, the Freedom of Speech Defense Committee conducted a meeting. The working group consisted of “Turan” Information Agency Director Mehman Aliyev, Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety Chairman Emin Huseynov, column writer Shahvalad Chobanoglu and Helsinki Citizen Assembly Azerbaijan National Committee Head Arzu Abdullayeva. They came to a decision that the committee should consist of a chairman, administrative board and secretariat.
Public relation officials on issues regarding media, NGOs and political parties will be included in the secretariat. One person will lead the secretariat. Seven employees working with him will receive salary. A fund will be created to support imprisoned journalists and the ones subjected to pressures.
According to initial agreement, the chairman will rotate and be changed every three months.
The country’s well-known socio-political figures are being considered to be the members of the administrative board.