Today, 16 June, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) received information that the Azadlig newspaper’s correspondent Natig Adilov was subjected to physical pressure.
Azadlig Newspaper Editor-in-chief Ganimat Zahid told IRFS hotline that N.Adilov is in the Sabail District Police Department #8. IRFS correspondents went to the police department #8 and met N.Adilov in the room of the department’s chief investigator, police captain, Vugar Nasirov.
The chief investigator told IRFS correspondent that N.Adilov informed 102 service regarding physical pressure he was subjected to.
“Citizen Azizov Yalchin Salyeddin oglu started a fight with Natiq Adilov, then both of them appealed to us,” said V.Nasirov. “N,Adilov said that he was subjected to physical pressure; therefore he will be given notification to have a court medical examination.” Nasirov added that the issue will be investigated and then will be given a legal evaluation.
N.Adilov said that today, at 2.00 p.m., he was on his way to Eynulla Fatullayev’s hearing when he picked a leaf from a mulberry tree near the bus stop in “Area #20”. “Then one person approached me, criticized me for picking a leaf and attacked me,” Said Adilov. “He used his fist, and kicked my foot. I moved away from him and called 102 phone service to inform police,” said N.Adilov who added that he came to the police department #8, wrote an appeal and will have court medical examination for his injuries. N.Adilov said that the incident happened by accident and he doesn’t believe that this is related to his professional activity.
Azizov Yalchin Salyeddin oglu told IRFS that the incident between him and N.Adilov occurred because Adilov broke the tree. “He said that he is a journalist when I objected to him, He insulted and threatened me,” said Y.Azizov who stated that he did not beat N.Adilov; they simply pushed each other.
Azadlig newspaper has been published since 1989 and operates as daily newspaper.