Azeri Journalist Fired for Visiting Karabagh

YEREVAN (A1Plus)–Azeri journalist Roman Temnikov–head of the political department of the Baku-based newspaper Commentator and representative of the Azeri organization "Peace–Democracy–and Culture," was fired from his job after visiting Karabagh for the first time.

During his visit–Temnikov told Karabakh-Online that he was very impressed with Karabagh.

"You have even managed to rehabilitate the city after the war. I thought I would be treated differently here–but as you can see I’m safe and sound," the Azeri journalist said.

Temnikov planned to meet Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s (MKR) Minister of Education–Culture and Sports–the President of the MKR Parliament–and several youth organizations. He also wanted to visit Gandzasar–the Askeran castle–and Shushi.

While he was in Karabagh–Temnikov’s newspaper convened a meeting during which the editor-in-chief and two advisors decided to fire the journalist because he was visiting Karabagh. They explained their decision by saying that Temnikov’s act contradicted the ethical code of Azeri journalists–which forbids them from cooperating with representatives of a "self-declared republic."

According to Karabakh-Online–the Commentator is one of the most tolerant newspapers in Azerbaijan.

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