INSTITUTE FOR REPORTERS’ FREEDOM AND SAFETY STATEMENT

September 10th, 2009
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety applauds the verdict of Lankaran City Court Judge Javanshir Mammadov that fulfilled “Janub Khabarlari” newspaper journalist Parviz Azimov’s lawsuit to consider the decision to exclude him from Lankeran State University (LSU) unfounded.

Azimov was expelled because of his article “Open Bazaar in Closed Rooms,” which was published in “Janub Khabarlari” Newspaper on 10 February 2009. In the article he criticized the leadership of the university. The LSU administration filed a spurious lawsuit against him claiming that Parviz Azimov violated internal discipline rules to expel him. P.Azimov appealed to court and an investigation was conducted into the case. The court issued a fair decision to restore him to the university.