Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to IlhamAliyev, President of Republic of Azerbaijan, expressed concern over the harassment of Meydan TV and its members, and regarding the launch criminal investigation against the TV.
PPF Secretary General OwaisAslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Azerbaijan to withdraw all the charges against Meydan TV, put a halt on the harassment of the members and to change your approach towards independent media and free expression in the country.
According to Index on Censorship, Meydan TV reported that Azerbaijani authorities launched a criminal probe against them for alleged illegal practice and profit-making in an especially large amount, large-scale tax evasion and abuse of power resulting in falsification of elections and/or referendum results.
Meydan TV and its staff have been ruthlessly targeted by Azerbaijani authorities. The staff and their relatives have been facing extensive pressure ranging from threats to detention.
The case against Meydan TV’s executives was filed by the General Prosecutor Office of Grave Crimes Investigation Department. The charges invoked against Meydan TV are of similar nature to the charges that were used to send journalists and government critics to prison.
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