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Aserbaijan: Eynulla Fatullaev Writes an open Letter to President Aliyev
Eynulla Fatullayev, an imprisoned Editor-in-Chief of “Realniy Azerbaijan” and “Gundelik Azerbaijan” newspapers, wrote an open letter to the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev. The letter was published in two parts in Azadlig newpaper on August 6 and 7.

Fatullayev stated in the letter that once again the President Ilham Aliyev tried to justify his arrest when he used the expression “it is unpardonable” in his speech during the National Press Day on July 22.

“There is no place for this kind of journalist, neither in journalism, nor in society. I was the reason for this aggressive statement that was made on February 8, 2008. However, this statement was unpardonable,” – emphasized Fatullayev in the letter to Ilham Aliyev.
Fatullayev stated that he hoped to be released immediately after the decision of the European Court of human Rights (ECHR). However, he understood that he was mistaken after hearing the response, “it’s unpardonable.”

“I want to emphasize that I don’t need to be pardoned after the decision of the Strasburg court. I don’t want to be pardoned, with or without the decision, because I’m not guilty of anything in the eyes of my nation and state. The paragraph 175 of ECHR’s decision reads: “Both prosecutions were groundless to sentence Eynulla Fatullayev.” Isn’t that clear enough?” said Eynulla Fatullayev. He added that he hopes that the ECHR will adopt the same decision on his latest prosecution.

“On July 22, free press day, you spread the news far and wide: a journalist can’t conduct an interview in Nagorno Karabag! Let me ask you, according to which law? Where was this determined? By which legislation? International laws determine the dissemination of information without restriction and our state is a signatory. Your order is the obvious reflection of your real feelings towards freedom, the freedom of journalists, and independent press. You can’t command the journalist. I determine what’s interesting for readers, not you. This is my right. No shah, king, totalitarian, no dominative system can take my right away. I’m not a slave; I’m a free man. I can be wrong; however, I seek truth in my mistakes. Unlike your toy courts, the Strasburg court adopted a decision, “Eynulla Fatullayev is free to seek the truth.  His right can’t be taken from him” Who gave the right to act against the will of international courts?’’ asked Fatullayev in his letter to Ilham Aliyev.

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