PACE committee resolution: Nagorno-Karabakh of Azerbaijan controlled by separatist regime

Paris, December 8, AZERTAC

The PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media has highlighted the large number of cases of threats and attacks against journalists and media outlets reported to the Council of Europe through the Platform it set up in 2015 to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists.

The report prepared by Volodymyr Ariev (Ukraine, EPP/CD) and adopted by the committee indicates that from April 2015 to November 2016, the Platform recorded 230 alerts in 31 member states – 95 of those alerts had received an official reply by the State concerned and 23 cases had been resolved, while a total of 16 journalists had been killed over the period.

The resolution states that there is also no media freedom in other territories of member States which are controlled de facto by separatist regimes, namely in Nagorno-Karabakh of Azerbaijan, Abkhazia and South Ossetia of Georgia and Transnistria of the Republic of Moldova.

The committee further states that governments and parliaments must not interfere in the management and editorial work of public broadcasters, which should establish in-house codes of conduct for journalistic work and editorial independence from political influence.

Therefore, the Assembly pays particular tribute to the few investigative journalists who dare shedding light on the situation in those otherwise totally non-transparent and lawless areas. Member of Azerbaijan`s delegation to PACE Rafael Huseynov said this paragraph of the resolution is of vital importance to Azerbaijan. “It expresses concern over the absence of media freedom in Nagorno-Karabakh. The resolution describes Nagorno-Karabakh as a totally non-transparent and lawless area,” Huseynov added.

Shahla Aghalarova

Special Correspondent

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