Jul 22, 2017

Journalists in Azerbaijan get free flats for Press Day

As Azerbaijan celebrates National Press Day this 22 July, some journalists will be more thankful than others for the acknowledgement - 255 have been given free flats by the government for their efforts, the Xalq Qazeti newspaper reports. This year, his successor and son Ilham Aliyev marked it with a number of initiatives including the free flats, funds to develop the press and more funds to build another block of flats for journalists. The government commissioned a first block of high-rise flats for journalists in 2013.'Journalists are my helpers'. An editorial in the pro-government Haqqin website - whose editor, director-general and owner were also recipients - said: "We are sincerely grateful to Mr President and hope that our colleagues will be among those to be granted flats in a new block of flats to be built for journalists!". Well-known investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, who has been harassed for investigations into corruption, hailed journalists "Who overcame their yearnings and did not receive flats as a bribe".

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