INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER HARRASSMENT OF JOURNALIST

March 29th, 2011
The International Committee for the Protection of Journalists condemned the abduction and assault of a Baku journalist, Seimur Khaziyev, a reporter for the opposition daily Azadlig (“freedom”). They called upon Azerbaijani authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident, which took place over the weekend, and to bring all the assailants to justice.


According to Mediaforum, the International Press Institute (IPI) also condemned the incident. IPI Director Alison McKenzie expressed concern over the developments. “We are calling upon state agencies to conduct an urgent and transparent investigation of the incident, and to bring the guilty parties to justice. In addition, the government should take the relevant measures and issue statements to show that the country’s leadership will not turn a blind eye to assaults against journalists.”
Yesterday OSCE representatives also visited Azadliq newspaper office to speak about Seymur Haziyev`s case.  Jacqueline Carpenter, OSCE’s Baku Democratization Programme Manager held discussions regarding the journalist.
OSCE Representative on Media Freedom Dunya Mijatovic described the pressures against Azadlig reporter Seymur Haziyev as inadmissible. She called on Azerbaijani authorities to put an end to violence against journalists.
Seymur Haziyev was kidnapped and beaten up on Friday night, in the Jeyranbatan area of Abseron, on his way home from work. A black bag was put on his head and he was taken to somewhere where he was beaten. His assailants abandoned him on a street in Binagadi.