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 Report - News Bulletin (RUH)

 Report date: 18.12.2003

Azerbaijan Committee to Protect Journalists RUH

WEEKLY BULLETIN OF THE AZERBAIJAN

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

RUH

TRIALS POSTPONED

DEMUR AT THE TRIAL

OSCE AMBASSADOR UNSATISFIED

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

SITTING OF WORKING COMMISSION OF PARLIAMENT

JOURNALIST COMMEMORATED

SENSATION CAME ABOUT!

ATTENTION - PHOTOGRAPHER WATCHING

200 MILLIONS - ON THE TABLE

9 HOURS AT POLICE STATION

IN A LINE

TRIALS POSTPONED

On 8 December, the Sabail district court postponed the trial on claim of the ANS TV Company against the newspaper "Azadlig". The TV men operate according to the Article 23 of the Civil Code of AR, and demand from their colleagues from the newspaper approximately $20 thousand US, operating on the principle of Shedrin hero, yelling: "To bring to ruin".

A bad business, but not cunning, as count the lawyers of the Committee To Protect Journalists, as the notes "Report from Gestapo" was fairly criticized the propensity of authorities to mark out favorite mass media like wives in the East.

It has to be reminded that that during the 16 October events, was arrested a group of opposition functionaries, who, then, for some reason were shown on the mentioned TV so that they informed the citizens on the condition of their health. Naturally, it is strange when one, tortured, appears on screen and says: "I was not undergone any force", and it smells slightly rather bad. Then, experts consider, the court should not accept for consideration such cases of defamation if they are based on estimations and ideas of the journalist...

The other day, on 9 December, the court postponed another jail, suited by the Defense Ministry against the newspaper "Yeni Musavat", for the judge participated in a 2-day seminar.

DEMUR AT THE TRIAL

On 8 December, judge of the Nesimi district court Gulnara Tagizade has received a rejection under the recommendation of the lawyer of the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Yeni Musavat". Samad Panahov, the lawyer, confirms that the case on the editors resistance to public officials (on the Article 315.2 of CC of AR and participation in mass disorders on the Article 220.1 CC of AR is being considered pre-conceivably. Now chairman of the court Aladdin Jafarov is empowered to ascertain the rightness of the sides. Then, the process will be continued.

OSCE AMBASSADOR UNSATISFIED

"Major problem between the mass media judicial authority is the criminal cases towards the editions and extremely high amount of fines imposed against them", said Peter Burkhard, head of the OSCE Baku office. It was disseminated by the News Agency Turan on the eve of the international conference, on which the following material is prepared.

This was uttered by the Ambassador when he was asked about academician Jalal Aliyev, who is uncle of the President of the country. The mentioned man of science has brought an action against newspapers "Zerkalo" and "Echo". In the material "The sensation came about" we shall speak of the item in which a considerable role played words of the Ambassador. He asked the film to ascertain rightness of the academician.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD

On 9-11 December, at the hotel "Hyatt regency" was held an international conference on the topic "Judicial authority and mass-media in the legal state". The event was arranged by the German Technical Society for Cooperation, the Council of Europe, OSCE and Azerbaijan Press Council. It was attended by representatives of all district courts of Baku and Ganja, and chairman of the Appeal Court, Supreme and Constitutional Courts of Azerbaijan.

Also was participating at the conference the ambassador of Germany to Azerbaijan Clause Grevlich, head of the OSCE Baku Office Peter Burkhard, head of the socio-political department of President Administration Ali Hasanov, and visitors from numerous international organizations.

The orators noted that after the elimination of the censorship on August 6, 1998, the printed medias environment has become more extended. However, the officials, as usual, seek and find reasons to annoy the press. The conference once again demonstrated that one of the major units in combat against newspapers is the court of all instances. For all the history of the legal proceedings between the claimants and editorials, not a single case (except them where claimants were oppositional parties) was won. Among the major recommendations to the judges was to create press services at the courts; to follow the law, instead of the order; to be engaged not in interpretation of the law but in the legal proceedings within the legislation.

SITTING OF WORKING COMMISSION OF PARLIAMENT

On 10 December, the Parliaments standing committee on media legislation held a sitting. Discussed was the Law "On public TV", to be submitted for consideration at the third hearing at the Milli Majlis. They said the document would be returned for re-consideration. However, the experts were in a disappointment. Anyway, the justice won and the deputies had hot debates. But the conclusion was conversely.

According to logic on the public TV, its corner stone is in serving the society, but not the powers. But the Draft stipulates submission of the Public Council and the Director General to the President of the Country. He ought to approve both structures after they were assigned in the Parliament. Thus, if to send this version of Draft to the President, then, the Public TV would remind a post soviet controller.

JOURNALIST COMMEMORATED

On 11 December, journalist Farad Karimov would turn his 55. The colleagues commemorated him, speaking of his creative way. He worked in the newspaper " Molodyozh Azerbaidzhana", then at the News Agency "Turan", and then in for "Reuters" and "Associated Press", transferring hottest reports to these agencies.

Thanks to him, the world knew on Nagorno Karabakh and about the Chechen Republic. IN 1995, his works were considered the best and conferred with Rori Rek Awards. At the Arlington graveyard, a Cemetery in Washington, his name has been embodied on the memorial board among the 934 journalists, who fell performing his professional duties.

SENSATION CAME ABOUT!

On 11 December, the Yasamal district court rejected the claim of academician Jalal Aliev against the newspapers "Echo" and "Zerkalo". Even the most inveterate optimists believed, that at the best judge Isa Ismailov will give the editor-in-chief and parliament correspondent conditional terms of under the Articles147 and 148 of CC of AR. The point is: after the President elections, was held an extraordinary session of the Milli Majlis, where the deputies have expressed concern in regard with representatives of foreign missions, in particular head of the OSCE mission Peter Aicher, US. Then, Jalal Aliyev, has named him son of the fascist and the fascist too, that has been shown on TV. The newspapers also were not too lazy and re-published the same.

The uncle of President decided to bring an action on the said Russian-language newspapers, for they form public opinion abroad. Representative of the Academician presented to the judge only extractions from the said newspapers, but not TV materials though the statement claimed to arrest all the four for distortion of the TV version of statement. In a word, sensation came about!

After words of the OSCE representative in Azerbaijan Peter Burkhard to view the film, the court decided to be objective.

ATTENTION - PHOTOGRAPHER WATCHING

On 11 December, a group of people in the civilian took pictures of all at the building of the newspaper of Azadlig. In this building also is located the HQ of the political party APFP and News Agency Turan". Sitting in the automobile with state sings signs they took pictures of all entering and leaving.

Experts of ACPJ RUH" already faced such a situation when the police searches for proofs and additional photos, and then presents then as evidences collected during the 16 October events. The journalists know, what it means. Similar activity of the law enforcers ends in claims to somebody.

200 MILLIONS - ON THE TABLE

On 11 December, was held a session of the Yasamal district court. The tutorial staff of the Azerbaijan State University of Baku has submitted a statement of claim against the staff of newspaper "Mukhalifet".

The article "Abel Maharramov will privatize the University" (he is the rector of the said University) raised the entire collective to be indignant against the provocative acts of the edition. The tutors demand 10 thousand USD from the edition, from the editor-in-chief Rovshan Kebirli, editor Gambar Yusif and the author Yashar Agazade. On 22 December, is due the legal proceeding on the case.

9 HOURS AT POLICE STATION

On 12 December, correspondent of the newspaper "Yeni Musavat" Azer Aykhan was taken to the Sabail district police station of Baku, and it has been made under the escort of law enforcers. On the August issue of the Weekly, we have informed on the case in what he and his brother Rauf Arifolgu is accused.

In August, one of the functionaries of the Muasir Musavat Party claimed that it was the brother of Rauf Arifolgu, who has beaten him, nobody could beat him. The inquiries commenced after 18.00 pm. It means arrest and arbitrariness. After intervention in the case by the Press Council, the incident ended. Chief of the police station Nazim Nagiyev personally released him and sent home.

IN A LINE

The Institute of Rights of Media Internews- Azerbaijan has published and spread its report on November on state of freedom of speech in the country.

Reference to the Bulletin of RUH is necessary.
Azerbaijan Committee to Protect Journalists RUH

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Azerbaijan Committee to Protect Journalists RUH
Azerbaijan Republic,

Baku, Nizami str., 121/11

Tel/fax: (99412) 982748

E-mail: ruh@internews.az



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