Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 2
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The spokesperson of the US Department of State, Jen Psaki says that the activities of civil society representatives as well as the freedom of press are limited in Azerbaijan, and expresses her concern about this.
Recently, the US officials launched an attack from different "positions" on Azerbaijan, speculating on the topics of "human rights", "freedom of press", and strive to realize their own interests in the country.
This activity suggests that they probably again want to get something from Azerbaijan.
Firstly, it would be better to ask Psaki if she can show Azerbaijan on the map, whether she has information about Azerbaijan, about its problems?
It would be interesting to know whether Psaki was following the Azerbaijani press, whether she saw the articles, speeches, criticism and even insults published there? Surely, she didn't.
She deliberately made such a remark for the sake of some interest, or on the basis of biased information provided to her by some persons.
We inform Psaki that the correspondent of the radio 'Azadlig' (Freedom) Turkhan Karimov, who she was speaking about, has not been arrested and there are no restrictions on his activities.
It would also be appropriate to inform Psaki about the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry's statement on the matter.
The ministry said, "In any country in the world, including Azerbaijan, a police officer, while performing the official tasks, can bring any suspicious citizen to the respective or territorial police authority to establish his identity, to have a preventive talk with that person, detain that person for a period stipulated by the country's legislation."
It is for this reason that the employee of the radio 'Azadlig' Turkhan Karimov was brought to a police station, and after an appropriate conversation, he was released.
Turkhan Karimov himself making a statement on the matter in the media, said the police officers treated him normally, no violence was used with regard to him, and no ban was imposed on his activities.
Karimov even said that when he was released, the police officers apologized to him.
So, why Psaki believes that this case is a violation of human rights, and argues that Azerbaijan doesn't comply with international commitments?
This once again proves that Psaki has no idea of the developments taking place in Azerbaijan, or she does it all on purpose.
It would be better if Psaki assesses the developments in her own country, and everyone knows well what is going on in the US.
Elchin Mehdiyev is Trend Agency staff writer
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