GJC: We Call on International Organizations and Community to support Azerbaijani Diaspora Journalists

GJC: We Call on International Organizations and Community to support Azerbaijani Diaspora Journalists

Global Journalism Council (GJC) has issued a message of support to the Azerbaijani diaspora journalists, calling for awareness to the whole world for the Azerbaijani journalists who lost their lives in the mine explosion in Azerbaijan.

“Media representatives have an important roles such as working in the war and post war zones, disseminating impartial and objective information and acting as a bridge between the conflict zone and other parties.

With great regret, we bring to your attention that on June 4, in the Susuzlug village of Kelbajar region, Siraj Abishov, a cameraman of Azerbaijan State Television and Maharram Ibrahimov, employee of the Azerbaijan State News Agency were blown up by a mine while performing their job duties in the liberated territories.

A vehicle carrying members of the film crew hit an anti-tank mine. As a result of an incident, three people were killed and four more were seriously injured.

Following the end of the war, more than 140 civilians were affected from mines planted by the Armenian occupiers in the liberated regions, 27 of them were killed.

The tragedy shows that Armenia is still pursuing an insidious policy in the region, implementing various methods of mining in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan. Thus, there are serious threats to the lives of civilians and media representatives in the region, and we journalists are deeply concerned about this situation.

Unfortunately, in many cases, international non-governmental organizations, acting as defenders of the rights of journalists give no reaction to crimes and continue to remain silent. The indifference of international human rights organizations and journalists’ associations to the violations of human rights and the rule of law that impede the activities of civilians including the media, can lead to an increase of such crimes across the world.

As journalists living abroad, we appeal to international organizations, including the UN and the Council of Europe, as well as the human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, with a request to provide maps of minefields of  the Azerbaijani territories occupied by the armed forces of Armenia and liberated as a result of a 44-day war. By not presenting maps of minefields, and secretly carrying out the process of planting landmines even today, Armenia grossly violates humanitarian norms and principles.

We reiterate that because of the criminal actions of Armenia, civilians and media representatives lost their lives. We demand Armenia to reveal the maps of the mines planted in the territories of Azerbaijan, kept under occupation for 30 years, and stop the process of planting land mines within internationally recognized state borders of Azerbaijan even today. We one more time demand that the international community and Journalists’ Associations be attentive to what is happening.”


Mehmet Ali Dim           President of GJC

Ismail Bayazıt               Deputy President of GJC

Bulent Aydemir             Vice President of GJC

Kahraman Halisçelik     Vice President of GJC

Savaş Çokduygulu         Vice President of GJC

Lutfu Karakaş                General Secretary of GJC

Adnan Yuce.                  Financial President of GJC

Aynur Tattersall             DHA

Gursel Eser                     AA

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Sertaç Virancık               Hürriyet

Yıldız Yakar                   360 TV

Yusuf Ziya Çakır            AA

Benan Kepsutlu              Ajanda TV

Fatih Sabuncu                 TRT

Yakup Aslan                   Ulusal Kanal

Hayati Arıgan                 Sözcü

Merih Ak                        NTV

Mehmet Çatakçı             İnce Medya

Alpaslan Düven              A Haber

İrfan Sapmaz                  TGRT

Bulent Çoltekin              TV100

Neşe Berber                    Bengütürk TV

Neşat Gündoğdu             Milat Gazetesi

Banu Şen                         Posta Gazetesi

  1. Veysi İpek Habertürk

Seda Demir                     Beyaz TV

Mehmet Avşar                AA

Hüseyin Can                   Haber Global

Murat Onur                    ATV

Ahmet Coşkunaydın      EKOTürk TV