OSCE appreciates Azerbaijani authorities’ readiness for dialogue on freedom of speech
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 6 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
OSCE representative on freedom of the media Dunja Mijatovic highly appreciates the Azerbaijani authorities' readiness for a dialogue in this area.
She made this statement at a press conference in Baku today.
"We discussed the issues of freedom of speech with journalists, representatives of civil society and the Azerbaijani authorities," she said. "My office appreciates the journalists' trust and support."
She said that she met with officials and discussed amendments to some laws and decisions against journalists within her visit to Baku.
"The laws on freedom of expression and freedom of speech must be changed," she said. "I'm glad to see Azerbaijan's readiness to engage in a dialogue on these issues. This concerns journalists and bloggers in all OSCE countries."
Mijatovic took part in the International Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the discussions on security of online media and their staff.
The European Commissioner for the Information Society, Neelie Kroes, said that the governments must focus on the issues of freedom of speech. It is important for Azerbaijan to have a free Internet as a guarantee of freedom of speech.
"This is a young democracy," she said. "This is a long process, but one cannot waste time and opportunities to improve the situation. Freedom of speech is a fundamental principle of the EU."