Department Chief of Presidential Administration: Organization of Reporters without Borders Functions under Influence of Armenian Lobby
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / The Head of the Social-Political Department of the Executive Apparat of Azerbaijan President, Ali Hasanov, briefed the media on 7 May that the Organization of Reporters without Borders functions under the influence of the Armenian lobby.
Expressing his feelings towards the recent report of the organization on the situation regarding freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, he said that the Government of Azerbaijan regrets the activities of this organization. According to Hasanov, for many years, this organization has been fighting against Turkey and had made efforts for the Turkish flag be quashed in France. In addition, the organization adopted a position contradictory to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "We are very doubtful of the object of the Organization of Reporters without Borders. We consider that this organization functions under the influence of the Armenian lobby. The Head of this organization repeatedly came to Azerbaijan, met with the President Ilham Aliyev and highly assessed the contribution of the State Head to the freedom of expression and press in Azerbaijan. However, the organization demonstrated its subjective position and therefore, we do not consider co-operation with this organization," Hasanov said.
Hasanov believed that the statement of the organization regarding Azerbaijan far from reality and does not reflect the present situation with regards to freedom of expression and press in the Country. He said that resolving the problems with the freedom of expression and press in Azerbaijan commenced in 1993 and presently the support and attention of the State in this sphere is felt in the Country. Hasanov feels it to be inaccurate to equate separate cases regarding the journalists with the common situation of freedom of expression and press in Azerbaijan. "Therefore, we are not going to pay attention to the statements of Organization of Reporters without Borders," Hasanov concluded.