Each Journalist Insulting People Should Answer before Law: Department Chief of Azerbaijan Presidential Administration

Society Materials 9 November 2007 14:28 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Ramazanova / The Head of the Social-Political Department of Azerbaijan President's Executive Apparat, Ali Hasanov, briefed the media on 9 November that not depending on his/her profession, everybody who insults the honor and dignity of people should answer before the law.

"We can not limit rights of one man at the expense of activity of other one. There are no links between freedom of expression and press and insulting separate people, their honor and dignity," Hasanov said.

Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of the Gundalik Azerbaijan and Realni Azerbaijan newspapers was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison by the decision of the Heinous Crimes Court on 30 October. After the sentence, Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Border and Council of Europe condemned the break of freedom of expression and assessed Fatullayev's arrest as pressure on press. Other seven journalists have been arrested in Azerbaijan.

According to Hasanov, the Government of Azerbaijan will not give an opportunity for disorder and anarchy. "Nobody arrests journalists. Simply each journalist taking pan and naming himself/herself as journalist and insulting people should answer before the law," he added.