Yesterday, 21 January, during the meeting of of the Press Council Commission on Complaints a decision was issued to appeal to court regarding Gundalik Baku newspaper. The Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety was told this by the deputy chief of the Council Umid Rahimov.
Umid Rahimov said that a lot of appeals regarding the newspaper were sent to the Press Council after it was included on the “black list” in December of the last year.
“Therefore these materials will be generalized and an appeal will be sent to court,” said Rahimov and added that serious warnings were given to Azad Azerbaijan, Turk Azerbaijan Dunyasi, and Azerbaijan Dunyasi Brifing newspapers during the meeting.
Gundalik Baku newspaper chief editor Edil Huseynli said that this step of the Press Council is completely biased and they try to stop the operation of the newspaper via these steps.
“We appealed to court because the Press Council included the name of the newspaper on “racketeering press” and we are waiting for the hearings to begin,” said Huseynli.
Gundalik Baku newspaper has been operating since September of 2007 and is published five times a week.