Local and foreign journalists face pressure at demonstration in Baku

May 21st, 2012

A group of journalists faced police pressure while carrying out their professional duty at a demonstration organized on May 21st by Public Chamber opposition coalition.

Activists gathered in front of Khagani shopping mall, and marched towards Fountain Square. Shouting “Resign”, “Freedom” and “No more corruption”, they made several loops, before walking towards Sabir garden.

IRFS correspondents Mirrahim Hasanov and Mehman Huseynov were assaulted by police while filming and photographing.

Hasanov’s camera was seized and thrown on the ground, and the lens was damaged as a result. In addition, foreign media representatives also faced pressure during the protest. A plain-clothed police officer tore the ID card belonging to German photo-journalist Steffen Haufe, who is in Baku to cover Eurovision 2012 Song Contest, and assaulted him.