JOURNALISTS FACED PRESSURE IN NAKCHIVAN

March 9th, 2012
Sevindik Ahmadov, a member of the Popular Front Party and resident of Gorchulu village of Sharur region, whose mental health deteriorated after trying to commit suicide, was forced to leave Nakhchivan Mental Health Clinic where he had been kept for several days without receiving treatment.

Local journalists and human rights defenders tried to meet with Ahmadov and the chief doctor of the clinic in order to get an explanation.

The chief doctor refused to give any explanation. IRFS’s Nakhvhivan correspondents Elman Abbasov and Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, and Turan News Agency correspondent Ilgar Nasibov faced pressure as they tried to interview Sevindik Ahmadov in the yard of the clinic. An unknown person pretending to be a guard threatened the journalists and demanded that they leave the yard. He threatened them that if they didn’t leave the yard they would face problems and the journalists decided to leave the area.