IRFS notes that H.Mehdiyev is one of journalists that have been subjected to pressure regularly.
On 31 January, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic correspondent Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev was beaten during a gathering held by opposition parties to mark 125th birthday of Mammad Amin Rasulzade in front of "Umid" Party's Nakhchivan department. Someone named Ismayil Ismayilov insulted H. Mehdiyev using inappropriate language. Then that person hit H. Mehdiyev in the face with a ceramic ashtray. As a result, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev sustained injuries around his eye.
Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev appealed to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Internal Affairs Ministry in connection with this incident and the lawsuit was then submitted to Nakhchivan Internal Affairs Ministry’s Investigator Hikmat Aliyev to be considered. However, the investigator did not do anything regarding the incident or he did not inform the injured party of any progress into the case.