JOURNALISTS’ HUNGER-STRIKE CONTINUES

April 3rd, 2008
Yesterday three of the journalist hunger-strikers; Zamin Haji, Elshan Balakhanli and Zahid Safaroglu, stopped hunger-striking due to deteriorations in their health.


The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety was also told that the Emergency Medical Services was called because Shahvaled Chobanoglu’s health condition deteriorated. Despite this, Chobanoglu continues his strike.

Today “Mukhalifet” Newspaper Chief Editor Rovshan Kebirli and editor Yashar Agazade joined the hunger-strike, as well as 14 people from the Classic Popular Front Party.

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

 

Name

Position

Started hunger-strike

Stopped hunger-strike

Eynulla Fatullayev

Imprisoned “Gundalik Azerbayjan” and “Realny Azerbayjan” Newspapers’ Editor-in-Chief

March 26

 

Shahvaled Chobanoglu

“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper Editor

March 27

 

Zahid Safaroglu

“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper correspondent

March 27

April 2

Elshan Balakhanli

“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper correspondent

March 27

April 2

Natig Javadli

“Gundalik Azerbayjan” Newspaper correspondent

March 27

April 1

Rasim Alekberov

Political prisoner, military officer

March 28

April 2

Mushfig Medatov

Political prisoner

March 28

April 2

Ruslan Beshirli

Political prisoner, youth activist

March 28

 

Arzu Abdullayev

Head of Azerbaijan’s National Committee of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly

March 31

March 31

Aynur Elgunesh

Employee of Azerbaijan’s National Committee of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly

March 31

March 31

Ganimet Zahid

Imprisoned Editor-in Chief of Azadlig Newspaper

April 1

 

Zamin Haji

“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper correspondent

April 1

April 2

Hasret Babirov

Ali Bayramli resident

April 1

 

Vugar Hasanli

Ali Bayramli resident

April 1

 

Rauf Arifoglu

“Yeni Musavat” Newspaper Editor-In-Chief

April 2

 

Fuad Musatafayev

Popular Front Party Deputy Chairman

April 2

 

Penah Huseyn

Parliamentarian from Musavat Party

April 2

 

Avez Teymurkhan

Democratic Liberal Party Deputy Chairman

April 2

 

Sakit Zahidov

Imprisoned “Azadlig” Newspaper journalist/satiric

April 3

 

Ali Insanov

Imprisoned former Minister of Health

April 3

 

Rovshan Kebirli

“Mukhalifet” Newspaper Chief Editor

April 3

 

Yashar Agazade

“Mukhalifet” Newspaper Editor

April 3

 

14 people

Members of Classic Popular Front Party

April 3

 

 

*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.