HEARING HELD ON MOZALAN JOURNAL’S LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESS COUNCIL

February 22nd, 2010
Today, 22 February, in the Baku Economic Court #1, under the chairmanship of Judge Sherafet Mammadov, a hearing was held on the lawsuit of Mozalan journal’s editor-in-chief Movsum Ashrafoglu (Movsumov) against the Press Council.

Plaintiff M.Ashrafoglu took part in the hearing, and Press Council representative Shemseddin Aliyev took part in the hearing on behalf of the defendant.
M.Ashrafoglu said that referring to Mozalan journal as “a racketeering press” is unfounded and filed a verbal motion to invite Press Council Chairman A.Amashov in the next hearing.
The defendant’s representative, S.Aliyev, said that the motion is unfounded and demanded that the court reject it.
Judge S.Mammadova said that the motion was not fulfilled and she scheduled the next hearing on this case for 5 March at 10:30 a.m.
The editor-in-chief appealed to court and demanded that he be paid 50 000 AZN in compensation and that the Press Council issue a refutation and apologize for referring to Mozalan journal as “a racketeering press.”
Mozalan satiric journal was founded in 2005 and has been published monthly since 2007.