MEDIA RIGHTS INSTITUTE UNVEILS ANNUAL REPORT

December 17th, 2009
Today, 17 December, in Azerbaijani Media Center, the Media Rights Institute conducted the presentation of its annual report regarding obtaining of information.

The Media Rights Institute Head Rashid Hajili said that the investigation conducted by the Media Rights Institute in the sector of freedom of access to information was financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) of the US. Hajili added that the report was based on the investigations that have been conducted since 2009 and the continuous monitoring of the incidents in the sector of freedom of access to information by the employees of MRI and journalists.
According to Hajili, in 2009 within the framework of this investigation, monitoring was conducted on the execution of 202 information inquiries that were sent to the subjects who were responsible to provide the requested information.
The Media Rights Institute Project Coordinator Khalid Agaliyev said that the owners of the information responded to 58 inquiries out of 202. None of the responses were presented in the short period of time. 20 information inquiries were responded during 7 working days. The information owners refused to give the required information in 9 of the responses. Khalid Agaliyev added that 38 responses out 58 responses were sent after 7 days, and 33 responses were not completed.
One inquiry out of 13 information inquiries that were sent to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic was responded to. They refused to provide any required documents. 80 information inquiries were responded to out of 200 oral information inquiries.