March 29th, 2010

On 25 March, in London, a presentation ceremony was held for the 10th Freedom of Expression Award of “Censorship index”. Azerbaijani lawyer, Media Rights Institute Head Reshid Hajili received the Law and Campaigning award.

This award is given to lawyers or campaigners who have fought repression, or have struggled to change political climates and perceptions.
Hajili expressed his gratitude for being honored with this prestigious award. “A country where freedom of speech is suppressed cannot have a positive image in the international community”, said Rashid Hajili. “A Lack of tolerance to criticism means that democratic principles and values do not function in this country.”
The award is given to people who risk their lives and speak out about taboo topics.
The Media Rights Institute has been operating since 2002 and is engaged in legal defense of media representatives subjected to pressure and prosecution for freedom of expression.