Journalists in Azerbaijan Seek Nullification of Law on Media

A number of Azerbaijani journalists on Tuesday held demonstrations in the capital city of Baku, demanding nullification of new law on the media outlets.

About 30 journalists have expressed their outrage and robustly opposed the bill approved by the parliament aimed at restricting the rights of free press and freedom of speech in the country.

The journalists said that the draft law contradicts the Constitution of Azerbaijan, the European Convention on Human Rights and other international treaties to which Azerbaijan is a member, including the provisions on freedom of expression and the media.

“No to the reactionary law – we do not want journalism with permission – Do not make shackles out of the law,” the journalists demanded.

Aytaj Tapdig, a protesting journalist read out a joint statement, criticizing the new draft on media which according to them it gives more power to the state to undermine free media.

On December 24, a group of Azerbaijani journalists also held a protest against the law, saying the bill was approved secretly without public discussion.

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