20 leading Azerbaijani journalists hold hunger strike

Aynur Elgunesh

20 leading Azerbaijani journalists hold  hunger strike today, in support of  Eynulla Fatullayev, the imprisoned editor-in–chief of  ” Gundelik  Azerbaijan” and “Realniy Azerbaijan” newspapers.

“April 20,  the fourth anniversary of E. Fatullayev’s arrest. We want that Eynulla Fatullayev should be release and we protest as this form”.

Aynur Elgunesh, one of the hunger strikers and the editor – in-  chief of  news site (var.az ) told as that to Baku Post.

According to Aynur Elgunesh who took part in hunger strike, they are not leaving their work.

“Now I am at work and I have already begun  to participate in the hunger strike”.

A. Elgunesh mentioned that the hunger strike is held only today.

“This is a form of protest. We have used this form many times. The citizens’ protests are reacted immediately in normal countries. But we live in anormal country, that is why I have not any expectation from our government. In general,  every strike can be make effective result. With kind of  strikes we want to demonstrate our complaints against the arrest of Eynulla Fatullayev”.

The editor chief emphasized that none organization is interested in her yet.

E.Fatullauev was arrested on April 20, 2007. The journalist was blamed for insulting Khojaly residents in his articles and sentenced to 2.5 years in jail.

Later he was charged with Articles 214.2 (threatening terror), 283.2.2 (incitement of ethnic/national, social or religious hatred abusing authority) and 213.2.2 (gross tax evasion) of the Criminal Code. He was finally sentenced to 8.5 years in prison on the 30th of October, 2007 by the Grave Crimes Court.

On the 29th of December, 2009, narcotics was reportedly found on Fatullayev in Prison #12 and Fatullayev was found guilty under article 234.1 (Illegal possession of narcotics in an amount exceeding the limit for personal consumption) of the Criminal Code. He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison

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