The us state Department was concerned about the restriction of media freedom in Azerbaijan. This is stated in a statement released by the foreign Ministry. Also in Washington are concerned about the arrest of the General Director of the independent Azerbaijani news Agency “Turan” Mehman Aliyev.
“We are deeply concerned by the arrest on August 24 and the three-month preliminary detention of Mehman Aliyev, a well-known editor-in-chief of the country’s only independent media — news Agency “Turan”. Other disturbing acts committed against “Turan”, including the freezing of Bank accounts and initiating allegations of tax evasion, are also concerned,” said the state Department.