March 4th, 2009
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety is conducting a fundraiser in honor of the upcoming Novruz holiday for Azerbaijan’s six imprisoned journalists (Azadlig Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Ganimat Zahid, Azadlig Newspaper satiric/journalist Sakit Zahidov, Gundalik Azerbayjan/Realny Azerbayjan Editor-in-Chief Eynulla Fatullayev, Bizim Yol Newspaper Departmental Chief Mushfig Huseynov, Ideal Newspaper Chief Editor Ali Hasanov, and Talysh Sado Newspaper Chief Editor Novruzali Mammedov)  and their families.

The money gathered through this fundraiser, which is being held from February 24 to 20 March, will be given directly to the families of the journalists.

    * Participation in the fundraiser is voluntary and is open to all citizens of Azerbaijan and foreigners who are 18 years old or older.
    * It is possible to participate in the marathon individually or collectively.
    * There are no minimum or maximum limits for donations; in this way, all people can participate in the fundraiser and support freedom of expression regardless of their financial situation.
    * People may choose to make a general donation, which will be divided equally between the six journalists, or can donate to specific journalists.
    * Participants who wish to remain anonymous are welcome to use pseudonyms or alphanumeric codes to protect their identities.
    * At the end of the marathon, a list of participants and the amount of money gathered will be given to the press and published online.
    * Participant’s should keep Part I of the receipt and Part II should be given and the donated money to the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.

IRFS’s office is located at 8 R. Behbudov St., Apt. 85/86, Baku, Azerbaijan, and the organization can also be reached by telephone (+99 412) 418-0334, (+994 55) 754-35-15 or E-mail: