PROVOCATION BEING PREPARED AGAINST JOURNALIST IN NAKHCHIVAN

July 10th, 2009
Provocation is being prepared against Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic correspondent Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev. 

Yesterday, 9 July, civil clothed police threatened one of Mehdiyev’s relatives and offered him to give several cartridges to H.Mehdiyev. According to the plan, H.Mehdiyev should have been detained when given the cartridges by that person. The person agreed to this first, but told Mehdiyev to be watchful. IRFS was told this by H.Mehdiyev.
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.