PACE Concerned about Arrested Journalists in Azerbaijan

Society Materials 18 September 2008 17:24 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 September/ Trend , corr I. Alizade/ PACE observation mission for presidential elections in Azerbaijan says presence of arrested journalists in Azerbaijan in a period prior to presidential elections is not a positive factor," Andreas Herkel, head of PACE observation mission, said at a news conference in Baku.

There are 3 imprisoned journalists in Azerbaijan - Eynulla Fatullayev, editor-in-chief of Gundalik Azerbaijan and Realniy Azerbaijan, Ganimat Zahid, editor-in-chief of Azadlig daily and Mirza Sakit, the writer for the same paper.

Release of arrested journalists was discussed in a meeting with government officials. Council of Europe always keeps release of arrested journalists in focus of attention. We discussed this issue during the visit," Herkel said.

He said delegation welcomes last pardon decree of Azerbaijan.

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