On 19 February, in the Nasimi district Court, under the chairmanship of judge Ikram Shirinov, a hearing was held on the lawsuit of Tezadlar newspaper editor-in-chief Asif Merizli against Press Council Chairman Aflatun Amashov.
Although the hearing was scheduled for 3.00 p.m. it was held 2 hours later because the judge was late. The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) was told this by A.Merizli. According to Merzili, no representative took part on behalf of the defendant in the hearing. The editor-in-chief emphasized that the plaintiff’s lawyer Alirza Habilov filed a motion regarding the importance of Press Council’s chairman A.Amashov’s participation in the hearing and the motion was accepted. The next hearing was scheduled for 24 February, at 4.00 p.m.
On September 16, 2009, PC included Tezadlar newspaper on the list of “racketeering” publications after an article regarding the opening of Turkey-Azerbaijan borders was published in the newspaper on 29 August, 2009. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief A.Merizli considered it unfounded and appealed to court.