Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for August 12th, 2011

Azerbaijani Paid Compensation To Journalist

Posted by Info on 12/08/2011

Journalist Fatullaev, a former political prisoner, received from the Government of Azerbaijan 27,822 euros by the order of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The payment occurred 15 months after making the ECtHR’s decision.

Fatullaev called the decision to pay compensation the “victory of the entire democratic community”.

Earlier, the authorities refused to pay
compensation under the pretext of the off-setting of debts of the newspapers “Real Azerbaijan” and “Gyundelik Azerbaijan” (Daily Azerbaijan), led by Fatullaev.

However, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe made the decision three times on the need for full implementation of the ECtHR’s decision in favour of Fatullaev, including the payment of compensation to him.

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Russia: Kaliningrad Governors Silence Media

Posted by Info on 12/08/2011

Last week all 40,000 copies of Izvestia Kaliningrada a weekly published in Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad were seized. It was the latest example of regional governors abusing their power to silence media that annoy them.The newspaper’s owner and editor, Oleg Altovsky, was detained for several hours.

The head of the Regional Centre for Combating Extremism had been informed that the issue contained extremist statements.
The issue, which was to have been published on the eve of a visit by President Medvedev, contained an open letter to Medvedev calling for the regional government’s removal on the grounds that several of its members were implicated in corruption. The letter was signed by more than 2,000 local residents.

There have been other cases of local authorities taking similar action. Ninety per cent of the copies of the business weekly Kommersant Vlast were seized in Saint Petersburg on 4 July on the orders of the Municipal Press Committee. The issue, whose circulation was not blocked in other regions, criticized Saint Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko.

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