MEDIAFORUM WEBSITE EMPLOYEE`S PHOTO-CAMERA STILL NOT FOUND

July 5th, 2010

On 3 July, at a protest carried out by Musavat Party and “Union for the Sake of Democracy” in front of Elmlar Akademiyasi Metro Station, “Mediaforum” website employee Erkin Khalilov’s photo-camera was confiscated. However

his photo-camera still has not been returned to him. “Mediaforum” Website Deputy Editor Hikmet Sabiroglu told this to the Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety. He said that the Internal Affairs Ministry was addressed regarding the issue and an investigation is being conducted into the case in the Yasamal District Police Office.

 

Erkhin Khalilov said that his photo-camera was forcefully confiscated and his press card was torn up by people in civilian clothing at the protest . He also pointed out that when he approached the journalists and the Yasamal District Police Office Chief to give them information about the incident, he was forcedly boarded onto a bus and was removed from the protest scene and then finally released.