Yesterday, 29 April, Reporters Without Borders issued a statement
to condemn the beating of several journalists during an opposition demonstration in Baku on 26 April.
“Reporters Without Borders condemns the violence used by police, especially the attack on journalist Mehman Huseynov of the Institute for Freedom and Safety of Journalists, who was badly injured and whose camera was smashed by a policeman,” read the statement. “Reporters Without Borders also condemns the arrests of Ayanda Mursaliyeva (the wife of recently released journalist Ganimat Zahidov), Seymur Haziyev, Natig Gulahmedoglu, Gan Turali (who, like Gulahmedoglu, writes for the newspaper Azadlig) and Parviz Hashimli (a reporter for the newspaper Bizim Yol). They were all held for several hours and then released.”