JOURNALIST EYNULLA FATULLAYEV SPEAKS ABOUT HIS EUROPE VISIT

July 5th, 2011
Former political prisoner, journalist Eynulla Fatullayev held a press conference today at IRFS press center to speak about the conclusions of his meetings in the Council of Europe. Fatullayev says that he was invited to visit by the Council of Europe leadership.

Fatullayev said that he has invited the special rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbajian Cristoph Strasser to visit Azerbaijan as his guest.  The rapporeter is expected to speak about the political prisoners in Azerbajian in the PACE autumn session.
According to Fatullayev, Strasser is expected to hold a conference on political prisoners during his visit to Baku.
Fatullayev has also offered Council of Europe General Secretary Thorbjorn Jagland to visit Azerbaijan and hold a dialogue with Baku officials. He believes that it could contribute to the protection of the basic rights of the citizens.
According to Fatullayev, the Council of Europe Ministerial Cabiet is going to pass a third decision on payment of compensation to Fatullayev by Azerbaijan. He noted that his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights regarding the narcotics charge brought against him in prison is in communicaiton phase.
Fatullayev spoke at European School of Politics about the Azerbaijani journalists’ access to information. He desribed the limited access of journalists to the information saying “The information itself is a state secret in Azerbaijan.” He noted that Azerbaijani President has not given an interview to local journalist during his 8 years of power.
Speaking about his future activities, Fatullayev said that he is going to publish a joint newspaper together with international organizations.