JOURNALISTS CONTINUE HUNGER-STRIKE

April 5th, 2008

“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper editor Uzeir Jafarov told the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety that today “Gundalik Azerbayjan” editor Shahvaled Chobanoglu stopped hunger-striking, after his health deteriorated at 2 a.m. this morning.

In addition to this, today “Yeni Musavat” Newspaper Chief Editor Rauf Arifoglu also stopped hunger-striking. In Arifoglu’s place “Yeni Musavat” Newspaper employee Famil Jafarli began hunger-striking today. In addition, “Musavat” Party Press Service employee Yalchin Abbasov started hunger-striking today. 
Human Right activists Saida Gojamanli, Novella Jafaroglu and Saadet Bananyarli visited the hunger-strikers today and inquired about their health.
 

 

TABLE: PEOPLE HUNGER-STRIKING IN AZERBAIJAN DUE TO PRESSURE ON THE PRESS

  

Name Position Started hunger-strike Stopped hunger-strike
  1. Eynulla Fatullayev
Imprisoned “Gundalik Azerbayjan” and “Realny Azerbayjan” Newspapers’ Editor-in-Chief March 26  
  1. Shahvaled Chobanoglu
“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper Editor March 27 April 5
  1. Zahid Safaroglu
“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper correspondent March 27 April 2
  1. Elshan Balakhanli
“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper correspondent March 27 April 2
  1. Natig Javadli
“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper correspondent March 27 April 1
  1. Rasim Alekberov
Political prisoner, military officer March 28 April 2
  1. Mushfig Medatov
Political prisoner March 28 April 2
  1. Ruslan Beshirli
Political prisoner, youth activist March 28 ????
  1. Arzu Abdullayev
Head of Azerbaijan’s National Committee of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly March 31 March 31
  1. Aynur Elgunesh
Employee of Azerbaijan’s National Committee of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly March 31 March 31
  1. Ganimet Zahid
Imprisoned Editor-in Chief of Azadlig Newspaper April 1  
  1. Zamin Haji
“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper correspondent April 1 April 2
  1. Hasret Babirov
Ali Bayramli resident April 1 April 4
  1. Vugar Hasanli
Ali Bayramli resident April 1 April 4
  1. Rauf Arifoglu
“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper Editor-in-Chief April 2 April 5
  1. Fuad Mustafayev
Popular Front Party Deputy Chairman April 2 April 4
  1. Penah Huseyn
Parliamentarian from Musavat Party April 2 April 4
  1. Avez Temirkhan
Democratic Liberal Party Deputy Chairman April 2 April 4
  1. Sakit Zahidov
Imprisoned “Azadlig” Newspaper journalist/satiric April 3  
  1. Ali Insanov
Imprisoned former Minister of Health April 3 ????
  1. Rovshan Kebirli
“Mukhalifet” Newspaper Chief Editor April 3  
  1. Yashar Agazade
“Mukhalifet” Newspaper Editor April 3  
  1. 14 people
Members of Classic Popular Front Party April 3  
  1. Uzeir Jafarov
“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper editor April 4  
  1. Chingiz Sultansoy
“Realny Azerbayjan” Newspaper correspondent April 4  
  1. Namet Aliyev
Member of Popular Front Party April 4  
  1. Mushfig Huseynov
Imprisoned correspondent of “Bizim Yol” Newspaper April 4  
  1. Mehman Aliyev
“Turan” News Agency Director April 4 April 4
  1. Famil Jafarli
“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper employee April 5  
  1. Yalchin Abbasov
“Musavat” Party Press Service employee April 5  

*The hunger-strikers are all striking with the same common demands, formulated by Eynulla Fatullayev. They are: all journalists and political prisoners must be released, and the Council of Europe and OSCE must present a mechanism to Azerbaijan's society for resolution of the political prisoners and prisoners of conscience problem.