Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism to be discussed at OSCE Conference

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of AIDHR will make a speech on Azerbaijani journalists’ safety, media freedom and pluralism at OSCE conference to be held in Vienna

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will conduct two days conference under the title of “Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism In Times of Conflict” in Vienna, Austria on June 15-16. The conference will be attended by representatives of the OSCE participating states, human rights advocates and mass media representatives and will feature discussions related to issues of investigative journalists’ safety, particularly media freedom and luralism in times of conflict.

Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) will join the conference as well. In his remarks he noted that he would make a speech on freedom of media. The statement reads; “In the frame of conference I will highlight freedom of media in Azerbaijan, in particular journalists’ safety. We all know that Azerbaijan experiences problems with respect to journalists’ safety, media freedom and pluralism and through our activities we intend to eradicate these problems. Nevertheless, we cannot accept the facts which were illustrated in reports prepared by some international organizations and we do observe double standards employed by these organizations. I will specifically emphasize this issue while making speech at the Conference. I will try to convey the existing problems as they are and in parallel bring OSCE officials attention accurate information in conjunction with relevant issue in Azerbaijan.”

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