NAKHCHIVAN AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC IGNORES JOURNALISTS’ INFORMATION INQURIES

January 21st, 2011
Based on the results of the project “Journalistic initiatives to access information in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic,” being carried out by Rasul Jafarov, an IRFS employee, government agencies in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic never reply to information inquiries of journalists,

According to him, the state bodies of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic are not responding to the inquiries and therefore, it is not possible to finish the project and prepare final report.

He mentioned that it was planned to prepare two reports for the project. The first report was prepared at the beginning of November and the monitoring results on the availability of websites in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic were reflected in it. During the monitoring, it was found out that only 5 out of 40 governmental agencies in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic have websites.

The information inquiries questioned the reasons for the lack of websites and the activity rate of the existing websites.

An inquiry on prisoners’ rights for early release was sent to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Ministry of Justice. Another inquiry sent to the Nakhchvian City Executive Power questioned about the places allowed for mass assembly.

However, none of the 25 inquires submitted within past 3 months received any response. “It prevents us from completing the project and preparing a final report,” Jafarov said.

Jafarov is going to sue various government agencies in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic for violating his right to obtain information. “We are in the process of preparing lawsuits,” Jafarov said.