Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi / The Azerbaijani Government does not object to an approved demonstration on protection of human rights to be held by public organizations and journalists on 8 December, the head of the Public and Political Department at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov said to Trend on 28 November.
"In case the event takes place within the framework of the law, we will treat it normally," Hasanov said.
Six public organizations - NGOs and media organizations - plan to hold a demonstration on 8 December due to the Universal Day of Human Rights - 10 December. The demonstration will take place in the Ukraine Square in Baku. The organizers believe that human rights are infringed in Azerbaijan and arrests of journalists are intended to restrict freedom of speech and press.
According to Hasanov, there is no need to raise alarm regarding human rights. It is wrong to search for a hidden political motive in media problems. The Government created conditions for free press activities and, therefore, any pressure on freedom of speech must be ruled out.
The Government is working over a program intended to assist development of press and its implementation will begin next year. Within the framework of the program, press bodies will receive material assistance and advertisement market will be governed, he said.