Top official: People who fled Azerbaijan being turned against country
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
Some people who fled Azerbaijan insult the symbols of the country, Azerbaijani President’s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov told the 7th Congress of Azerbaijani Journalists in Baku March 10.
After leaving Azerbaijan, they are deprived of their passports and are turned against the country, he noted.
Hasanov added that the Azerbaijani press must fight against such persons.
“Even those persons' parents renounce them,” he said. “By using Facebook, those individuals are engaged in denigration of Azerbaijan. First of all, media representatives must counter them.”
The presidential aide noted that Azerbaijan's Press Council has prepared a list in connection with the racketeer journalists.
"They threaten me, they allege Ali Hasanov prevents them from earning money. I invite those people to take the right path. Collecting compromising material and blackmailing people is not good. Put yourself in the place of those people who you threaten. I do not fight those people, but I urge them to take the right path," Hasanov said.
He added that members of media outlets, who are included in the blacklist of the Press Council, will not be included in the list of persons to whom apartments are provided.
The 7th Congress of Azerbaijani Journalists was held in Baku on March 10.