Azerbaijani Press Council Applies to Prosecutor General’s Office on Case of Local Newspaper
Azerbaijan, Baku. 29 October / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / The Azerbaijani Press Council sent appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office on case of Ideal newspaper.
Tanzila Rustamkhanli, the chairman of the Azeri-Turk Women Union, and deputy chairman of Azerittifag, and Sabira Mahmudova, veteran of the Garabagh War, said that Ideal newspaper humiliated their honor and dignity, Umud Rahimoglu, the deputy chairman of the Council and chairman of the Commission for Complaints, said.
According to Rahimoglu, the Press Council discussed these articles and decided that editorial staff of Ideal newspaper violated some requirements of the Azerbaijani Journalists' Professional Behavior Rules in articles about Rustamkhanli and Mahmudova. The articles roughly violated ethic principles and are full of slanders and insults.
The commission chairman stressed that previously the Council received a lot of complaints concerning Ideal newspaper, as well: "The Press Council adopted opinions and decisions concerning this newspaper. However, leadership of the newspaper did not correct its mistakes, on the contrary, continues its activity on the same style."
Therefore, the Press Council applied to the Prosecutor General to investigate the matter legally.
Nazim Guliyev, the editor-in-chief of Ideal newspaper, was brought an action twice for such actions.
First, the editor-in-chief was sentenced to eight-year imprisonment. The Nasimi District Court sentenced him to two-year and six-month imprisonment in line with claim of Ramiz Zeynalov, the chief of the Central State Traffic Police Department, on 6 November in 2007
Zeynalov filed a suit on the editor-in-chief in accordance with Articles 147 (slander) and 148 (insult) of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code.
The Baku Court of Appeal cancelled a criminal case because of reconciliation between Zeynalov and Ideal newspaper and Guliyev was discharged.
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