Diaspora Journalists' Appeal to Int'l Organizations and the Int'l Community on the deaths of Azerbaijani journalists

Diaspora Journalists
# 07 June 2021 15:55 (UTC +04:00)

Media representatives have an important roles such as working  in the war and post war zones, disseminating impartial and objective information and acting as a bridge between the conflict zone and other parties, APA reports.

The appeal reads: "With great regret, we bring to your attention that on June 4, in the Susuzlug village of Kelbajar region, Siraj Abishov, a cameraman of Azerbaijan State Television and Maharram Ibrahimov, employee of the Azerbaijan State News Agency were blown up by a mine while performing their job duties in the liberated territories.

A vehicle carrying members of the film crew hit an anti-tank mine. As a result of an incident, three people were killed and four more were seriously injured.

Following the end of the war, more than 140 civilians were affected from mines planted by the Armenian occupiers in the liberated regions, 27 of them were killed.

The tragedy shows that Armenia is still pursuing an insidious policy in the region, implementing various methods of mining in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan. Thus, there are serious threats to the lives of civilians and media representatives in the region, and we journalists are deeply concerned about this situation.

Unfortunately, in many cases, international non-governmental organizations, acting as defenders of the rights of journalists give no reaction to crimes and continue to remain silent. The indifference of international human rights organizations and journalists' associations to the violations of human rights and the rule of law that impede the activities of civilians including the media, can lead to an increase of such crimes across the world.

As Azerbaijani journalists living abroad, we appeal to international organizations, including the UN and the Council of Europe, as well as the human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, with a request to provide maps of minefields of  the Azerbaijani territories occupied by the armed forces of Armenia and liberated as a result of a 44-day war. By not presenting maps of minefields, and secretly carrying out the process of planting landmines even today, Armenia grossly violates humanitarian norms and principles.

We reiterate that because of the criminal actions of Armenia, civilians and media representatives lost their lives. We demand Armenia to reveal the maps of the mines planted in the territories of Azerbaijan, kept under occupation for 30 years, and stop the process of planting land mines within internationally recognized state borders of Azerbaijan even today. We one more time demand that the international community and Journalists’ Associations be attentive to what is happening.

Mammad Gulmammadov  Turkey                  Haber Global

Sevil Nuriyeva                    Turkey                STAR TV       

Natiq Nailaoghlu                  Turkey                Real TV

Nigar Mahmudova               Turkey                Haber Global

Ilhama Gasimli                     Turkey               independent journalist          

Mahsati Sharif           Turkey               independent journalist

Konul Shamilgizi                  Turkey               independent journalist

Nigar Ogeday                        Turkey              independent journalist

Vuqar Abbasov                      Netherlands      head of “Connect” , journalist

Khatira Sardargizi                   Netherlands     Real TV          

Tunzala Rafiggizi                  Germany          independent journalist            

Farahim Gasimov                  Germany          xeber.de         

Vahid Imanov                         Spain               independent journalist            

Saadat Kadirova                      Russia              politician, journalist

Shariyar Imanbayli                  Russia              vice-president of “Vostok” media-holding    

Khayal  Taghiyev                   Russia             independent journalist

Nilufar Shikhli                        Russia             Ria Novosti

Ramiz Mashadihasanli            Kazakhstan     Turkel Media 

Asli Khalilqizi             Turkey             independent journalist           

Azer Jahangirov                      Russia             international journalist

Naila Afandiyeva                    Russia             editor in polska.ru

Idrak Abbasov                        Norway           Public TeleRadio

Azer Mammadov                    Georgia           independent journalist

Hijran Aliyeva                        Poland             independent journalist

Vahid Gazi                              Sweden           independent journalist

Museyib  Alakbarov               Russia              editor in news.ru

Ogtay Hajimusali                   Turkey              independent journalist

Ilkin Huseynov                       Georgia            aktual.ge

Nahid Gurbanov                      Georgia          interpress.ge

Ulkar  Farmangizi                     Turkey           voicepress.com.tr"