The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed deep concern for the state of media freedom in Azerbaijan, in light of the 5th anniversary of the death of journalist and writer Rafiq Tagi.
After a stabbing incident in 2011, the journalist died days later without any culprits or results from the investigation being found to this day.
SEEMO would also like to remind about the case of Elmar Sabir oglu Huseynov, a journalist killed 2005, widely known for his harsh criticism of Azerbaijani authorities.
SEEMO also reminds the international community of dangerous amendments submitted recently by the Prosecutor General, which could change the Criminal Code. If adopted, these amendments would prolong the liability period for “discrediting the honour and dignity of the President”, as well as expand criminal provisions for slander and insult.
“We express our deepest empathy and support for our colleagues in Azerbaijan” Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General stated. “Unsolved death cases of Rafiq Tagi and Elmar Huseynov are the top of the iceberg. Unfortunately, below are hidden numerous tools for oppression against journalists, including intimidation, censorship, threats and attacks” Vujovic added.