Press Council appeals to State Security Service



The Azerbaijani Press Council appealed to the State Security Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan to investigate the murder of journalist Elmar Huseynov and accelerate the criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.


The appeal reads: “The Press Council held a conference on ‘Freedom of the Press: Human Virtuality and Realities of Azerbaijan’ dedicated to the World Press Freedom Day on May 3. The participants of the meeting including heads of leading media outlets, media experts and representatives of journalist unions agreed that the investigation of Elmar Huseynov’ s murder, who was editor-in chief of Monitor magazine and was killed on March 2, 2005, should be accelerated and the perpetrators should be found soon enough and brought to responsibility.”


It was noted that the journalist’s murder has a negative effect on the international image of each country. In this sense, it was expressed anxiety that some political forces use this fact for manipulation as the murder remains uncovered, the culprits went unpunished.   


The appeal addressed to head of the State Security Service, Colonel General Madat Guliyev also expressed confidence that the issue, which represents a great importance for the country’s journalism, will be approached sensitively.