PLENARY MEETING REGARDING PROBLEMS OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH HELD IN WASHINGTON

September 24th, 2009
On 22 September, a plenary meeting dedicated to problems of freedom of speech in Azerbaijan in Soros fund’s office in Washington was held.

According to “Turan” Information Agency, Radio Liberty Baku Office Head Khadija Ismayilova, the employee of International Research and Exchanges Board Sahin Abbasov and “Turan” Information Agency Director spoke about problems of the media.
The participants discussed political and economic situation, security of journalists, the formation of alternative journalism during the debates, and brought up the issue of imprisoned bloggers Emin Milli Asdnan Hajizade`s life.  
Experts, Azerbaijani students who study in the US and the representative  of Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Washington participated in the meeting.
From the questions asked by the, it is possible to conclude that the situation of democracy, high-level corruption and violation of freedom of speech in Azerbaijan are points of concern.  
“Student community and politicians follow the case of bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade not only as Azerbaijan’s internal issue, but as a larger problem,” said one of the session participants.