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OSCE Office in Baku Deeply Concerned at Continuing Acts of Violence against Journalists

29.12.2006
In a statement issued today, the Acting Head of the OSCE Office in Baku, Robin Seaword, said that his office was deeply concerned at reports of two further instances of violence against members of the opposition press.

"We are particularly alarmed at the apparent impunity with which such attacks are perpetrated in public places and in broad daylight," he said.

"It is extremely worrying that, despite assurances by the authorities that those responsible will be found and brought to justice, the perpetrators of numerous such acts continue to remain at large and appear to be able to act without fear of arrest. The public's confidence in the Police's ability to protect citizens must surely be brought into question as a result.

On Sunday unknown assaulters beat Editor-in-chief of oppositional newspaper “Milet” (nation) Ali Orudjev in front of his house. Orudjev is also an acting press secretary of Azerbaijani oppositional National Independence Party.

Next day Nijat Daglar, journalist of oppositional newspaper “Azadlig” (freedom), was assaulted. When Daglar was coming out of his house four unknown attackers beat him with sticks. The journalist’s internal organs are damaged. Nijat Daglar is known for his articles exposing the involvement of high officials in corrupt transactions.

Source: Media.ge

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