Official secrets decree threatens press freedom

first_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia September 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Official secrets decree threatens press freedom to go further News Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Azerbaijancenter_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a presidential decree on official secrets that tightens government control over news content.”The decree hampers the work of journalists, violates their right not toreveal their sources and paves the way for self-censorship,” ReportersWithout Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter toPresident Heidar Aliev. “It is even more unacceptable because you havepledged to the Council of Europe to respect European standards on freedom of information”, the letter added, calling on the government to withdraw the decree.The 28 August decree requires the media to check if a news item involves state security before putting it out. In cases of doubt, a presidential commission has seven days to decide whether or not it can be published. If the item is deemed to involve state security, the commission can demand access to the journalist’s sources. News Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more