INSTITUTE FOR REPORTERS’ FREEDOM AND SAFETY STATEMENT

April 21st, 2011
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) is concerned over the continued arrest of journalist Eynulla Fatullayev and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision not being fulfilled for his immediate release.

The fifth year of the editor-in-chief of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaidjan newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev’s arrest started yesterday.
On April 22, 2011, the ECHR ruled for immediate release of the journalist. However, Fatullayev is still in prison and the pressures on him and his family members are continuing. Moreover, the journalist has not been provided with compensation set by the ECHR.
IRFS believes that the authorities impose further damage to the country’s low image by keeping Fatullayev in prison. As it is no doubt to anyone that fatullayev is deliberately held in prison, it is assumed to be a clear defiance of both local and international law. Consequently, Azerbaijan’s freedom of expression and speech obligations are not abided by and European law system is clearly defied.
IRFS states that immediate measures should be implemented for elimination of the said negative trends. Therefore, IRFS demands the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately free Fatullayev and pay relevant compensation to him. IRFS calls on the international community to increase efforts to have Fatullayev immediately released and impose sanctions on Azerbaijani authorities unless he is released.