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The State Department of the USA is concerned by restriction of freedom of media in Azerbaijan

10:35, Sunday, 27 August, 2017
The State Department of the USA is concerned by restriction of freedom of media in Azerbaijan
     The State Department of the USA is concerned by restriction of freedom of media in Azerbaijan and arrest of the CEO of independent Azerbaijani news agency "Turan" Mekhman Aliyev, it is said in the distributed statement of department.© of RIA Novosti / Sputnik Azerbaydzhanpereyti in Lapshin's fotobankzayavleniye about an extradition to Israel is transferred to Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan "We are deeply concerned by arrest on August 24 and three-months preliminary detention of Mekhman Aliyev, famous editor-in-chief of the only thing in the country independent media — Turan news agency. Other disturbing actions made on the relation Turana Range, including freezing of bank accounts (agency) and initiation of charges of evasion of taxes also disturb" — it is noted in the message. The American diplomats have reported that "these actions of the government of Azerbaijan for restriction of freedom of the press and further restriction of freedom of speech" represent the general negative tendency. In particular, have mentioned "the decision of the government made in May to block access to "Radio Free Europe / Radio Freedom" and to other independent media websites" in State Department. Earlier the source in court has reported to RIA Novosti that the court in Baku has arrested for three months of the CEO of independent Azerbaijani news agency Turan Mekhman Aliyev accused of evasion of taxes and illegal business. Earlier Aliyev has told France Presse agency that the authorities of Azerbaijan have frozen accounts of the enterprise, and he is threatened by closing. The CEO has been detained on Thursday, in his relation criminal case under the articles "illegal business", "evasion of taxes" and "abuse of office is brought.
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