JOURNALIST FACING PRESSURE IN NAKHCHIVAN APPEALS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AGAIN

March 3rd, 2009
The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic correspondent Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, who was beaten on 31 January, while fulfilling his professional duties, has appealed to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Internal Affairs Minister A.Ahmadov, Nakhchivan Internal Affairs Ministry’s Investigator Hikmat Aliyev, Nakhchivan’s Chief Prosecutor Sabuhi Shahverdiyev and Nakhchivan’s Prosecutor’s Office today.

H.Mehdiyev told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that he took this step because Ismayil Ismayilov, who insulted H. Mehdiyev and hit him in the face with a ceramic ashtray, has not been punished yet although a month has passed since the incident. And Mehdiyev has not been informed whether a criminal case was opened regarding the incident. I.Ismayilov is free and continues to threaten the journalist.
On 31 January, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic correspondent Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev was beaten during a gathering held by opposition parties to mark 125th birthday of Mammad Amin Rasulzade in front of "Umid" Party's Nakhchivan department. Someone named Ismayil Ismayilov insulted H. Mehdiyev using inappropriate language. Then that person hit H. Mehdiyev in the face with a ceramic ashtray. As a result, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev sustained injuries around his eye.