Vice Speaker of Azerbaijan considers possible to discuss Law on Defamation

Politics Materials 5 June 2009 17:46 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 5 / Trend , A.Huseynbala /

Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan considers it possible to discuss the bill on not making journalists criminally responsible.

"It will be possible to whenever present the bill on defamation to discussions, but I do not think that this will happen soon," Bahar Muradova, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, told Trend .

Some time ago, the Press Council and some journalist organizations appealed to the leadership of the Parliament for presenting Law on Defamation to discussions and adopt it.  

The draft law on defamation was prepared with the support of the OSCE Baku office in 2005. The preparation of the bill was attended by MPs Ganira Pashayeva, Azay Guliyev, the journalist organizations and lawyers.

International organizations believe that the article 147 (defamation) and 148 (insult), which envisages criminal responsibility, should be removed from the Criminal Code of the country.
Muradova said that enough discussions were held in this regard in the society. "However, until the adoption of the draft, those who fall under this law, must change their attitude toward law and the press," said Vice-Speaker.

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