GROUP OF JOURNALISTS DETAINED WHILE THEY WERE FILMING IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

July 20th, 2010

Today, July 20th, a group of journalists were subjected to harassment by the guards of the Presidential Administration. The guards hindered the journalists' work.  

The Institute for reporters’ Freedom and Safety and Turan Information Agency employees Javid Gurbanov and Mehman Huseynov, Radio Liberty correspondent Abbas Atilay, and Bizim Yol newspaper correspondent Haji Zeynalov were detained by the guards when they were taking pictures and filming the protest held by Sabirabad region residents who suffered losses due to the flooding of the Kur river. The journalists were taken to the administrative building of the Presidential Administration where they were told that they were not authorized to record the premises of the Presidential Administration.  

 

All the journalists' footage was checked. Anything that showed the Administration’s building was erased. The journalists were then given warnings against filming the premises of the presidential administration.

 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMHlqo_ZPUM