Rights of Journalists are Protected in Azerbaijan: Chairman of Parliament Commission
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 June / corr. Trend E. Babayev/ The Standing Parliament Commission on Human Rights of Azerbaijan believes that the rights of journalist in Azerbaijan are protected on a sufficient level. "Including Azerbaijan into the list of countries violating democratic principles is biased attitude to this country," Rabiyat Aslanova, the chairman of the Standing Parliament Commission on Human Rights said to Trend on 10 June.
Miklos Haraszti, the special envoy of OSCE for media said in his interview with the The Washington Post that the Unites States should pass a Bill on protection of journalists not only for himself, but also for Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
At present, three journalists in Azerbaijan have been sentenced to jail sentences of various terms.
According to Aslanova, there are no problems regarding protection of rights of journalists in Azerbaijan. "There is no need to adopt separate Bill regarding their rights. Journalists as other citizens have equal rights before the law and they should understand responsibility. Apart from rights, the citizens have certain duties and obligations. These duties should not been forgotten about," the chairman of the commission said.
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