Staff of the newspaper "Azadliq" (file photo) (RFE/RL)
December 27, 2006 -- An Azerbaijani media-freedom watchdog has urged the country's authorities to quickly investigate the beating of an opposition journalist.
The December 26 call by the Media Council of Azerbaijan came a day after Nicat Huseynov, a journalist with the opposition newspaper "Azadliq" (Freedom), was hospitalized after being beaten by four assailants in Baku.
Two other reporters for the same newspaper were attacked this year. One of them was killed.
Press Under Assault
BREAKING THE NEWS: Press freedom is under assault in virtually all of the countries of the former Soviet Union. Independent media confront enormous challenges in providing citizens with the independent information that can help advance democratic reforms. On May 2, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable briefing that gave an overview of media developments in the CIS and discussed the connections between press freedom and future democratization. The briefing featured Freedom House Director of Studies CHRISTOPHER WALKER, American University Associate Research Professor ROBERT ORTTUNG, and RFE/RL Central Asia analyst DANIEL KIMMAGE.