Politics 12:58 29/11/2023 Region

Azerbaijan summons French, German and U.S. envoys

Azerbaijan on Tuesday summoned French, German and United States representatives to protest at their "illegal funding" of local media, accusing them of meddling in the tightly controlled country's internal affairs, AFP reported.

The foreign ministry said the embassies and linked organisations, such as USAID, had failed to register funding allocated for media outlet Abzas Media, in violation of the country's laws.

Authorities in the energy-rich Caspian nation last week arrested two Abzas Media journalists who investigate political corruption and charged them with "smuggling foreign currency".

A court in the capital, Baku, ordered editor-in-chief Sevinj Vagifgyzy and director Ulvi Hasanli to be placed in pre-trial detention for four and three months respectively, their lawyers said.

The ministry said "illegal" foreign funding of Azerbaijani media violated international law and Azerbaijani legislation.

It "strongly condemned the practice", which it claimed was "aimed at interfering in the country's internal affairs".

Abzas Media has reported that Hasanli was "subjected to inhumane treatment" in custody.

Amnesty International denounced the arrests. The rights group said they fit "into a pattern of critics being arrested by the authorities to stifle their dissent".

Signs of dissent usually meet with a tough government response in Azerbaijan, long ruled by the Aliyev dynasty.

The government of President Ilham Aliyev -- who has ruled the country since 2003, when he succeeded his father, Heydar -- has long faced international criticism over the country's poor democratic record.



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

13:33
Photo of the Day
Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy...
13:06
Opposition MP deplores government's military certification plan
Opposition MP Tigran Abrahamyan has criticized the government’s poor certification scheme in the Armenian military. He reiterates that...
12:32
Fashion icon Iris Apfel dies aged 102
American designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel has died at the age of 102, BBC News reports. The self-described "geriatric...
12:03
Ukraine never reported on Zelensky's visit to Armenia, spox says
Ukraine has never announced President Volodymyr Zelensky's trip to Armenia and Azerbaijan, his spokesman Sergey Nikoforov said, referring to...
11:33
Senator Rand Paul leads Senate vote to block F-16 sale to Turkey
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Dr. Rand Paul (R-KY) condemned the use of Turkish F-16s in Turkey/Azerbaijan’s 2020 attacks...
11:15
Brazilian jazz spectacle to be held in Yerevan on the eve of Women's Day
From the stage of Yerevan's Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall, Dave Gyodakyan's Octet has prepared a Brazilian jazz spectacle on the eve...
11:00
Foreign ministers discuss Armenia-Turkey normalization
Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy...
18:44
"The Innovator's Dilemma": Byblos Bank Armenia supports publication of Armenian edition
Byblos Bank Armenia has supported the Armenian translation and publication of American business consultant Clayton M. Christensen’s...
17:01
What does Toivo Klaar suggest?
Political analyst Suren Surenyants, the leader of the Democratic Alternative Party, has reacted to the remarks of Toivo Klaar, the EU's...
16:16
France rules out sending troops to Ukraine
France does not intend to send its troops to Ukraine, TASS quoted French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne as saying on the radio...
16:06
Turkish envoy proposes 'historic' meeting in Yerevan next week
Serdar Kilic, Turkey's special envoy for normalization talks with Armenia, on Friday proposed his Armenian counterpart Ruben...
15:35
Ruben Rubinian: Armenia never agreed to provide corridor to Azerbaijan
Armenia has never agreed to provide an extraterritorial corridor to Azerbaijan, Rubin Rubinyan, a deputy parliament speaker and Armenia’s...
15:06
US Senate defeats bid to stop F-16 sale to Turkey
The U.S. Senate on Thursday soundly defeated an effort to stop the $23 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets and modernization kits to Turkey, which...
14:35
Azerbaijan's efforts towards peace deal with Armenia insufficient, MP says
Peace talks between Yerevan and Baku had not suspended, Ruben Rubinyan, a deputy Armenian parliament speaker, said at a panel discussion on the...
13:59
Zelensky reportedly cancels trip to Armenia
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has cancelled his planned visit to Armenia and Azerbaijan, Radar Armenia reported on Friday, citing...
13:45
Political analyst: Armenian deputy PM next in line to leave office
Political analyst Suren Surenyants has reacted to the resignation of Armenia’s Ambassadors-at-Large Edmon Marukyan. "I talked...
13:18
Opposition MP: Armenia heading towards new calamity
Opposition MP Tigran Abrahamyan has called attention to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ “remarkable” statement at...
12:45
French farmers block traffic around Paris's Arc de Triomphe
French farmers blocked traffic around Paris's famed Arc de Triomphe monument with tractors and bales of hay, saying the protest was aimed...
12:27
Pro-government MPs welcome resumption of Armenia-Azerbaijan talks
The ruling Civil Contract party’s parliamentary faction welcomes the resumption of normalization talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, MP...
11:54
AGBU President Berge Setrakian retires, Sam Simonian named his successor
Following a tenure of 22 years as President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) with 47 years as Central Board member, Berge...
11:32
Russia's Lavrov arrives in Turkey for diplomacy forum
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Turkey, where he is set to participate in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum. A TASS...
11:15
ZCMC sues NGO head for 'defamation'
The Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine (ZCMC) has filed a defamation lawsuit against Oleg Dulgaryan, chairman of the Center for Community...
11:00
Armenian FM travels to Turkey
Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan will pay a working visit to Turkey on March 1-3. He is set to attend the Antalya Diplomacy...
17:00
Chairs of two Armenian commissions re-elected
The pro-government majority in the Armenian parliament on Thursday re-elected Garegin Baghramyan as chairman of the Public Services Regulatory...
16:31
Kazakh deputy FM reacts to Pashinyan's statement on CSTO
Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko has commented on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's statement on the suspension of...
16:06
MTS Armenia donates 20% of its shares to Armenian government
The Armenian government formally accepted the donation of MTS Armenia’s shares on Thursday. At a weekly cabinet meeting, Prime...
15:33
Azerbaijan systematically destroys cultural heritage in Artsakh, expert warns
Azerbaijan systematically destroys the cultural heritage of occupied Artsakh at the state level, Cultural Ombudsman of Hayk Hovik Avanesov...
15:05
Armenian, Azeri FMs hold second round of talks in Berlin
Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov started a second round of normalization talks in...
14:43
Нetq: ZCMC and GeoProMining Gold are considered assets of Russian company GeoProMining
The data available on Armenia’s State Register of Legal Entities confirms that the Russian company GeoProMining LLC owns neither Zangezur...
13:59
Mickey Mouse Funhouse to feature episode on Vardavar
Mickey Mouse Funhouse is set to feature an episode centered entirely on Vardavar, which will feature the Armenian language, the Armenian...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}