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Editorial Opinion about the recent arrest of journalists in Azerbaijan.

Editorial Opinion: At AzeriTimes, we stand in firm opposition to the recent crackdown against journalists and media representatives in Azerbaijan. The cornerstone of any country is the presence of a free press — a press that dares to question, to critique, and to illuminate the shadowed recesses of bureaucracy and society. It is through this critical lens that the issues plaguing our governance and communal lives can be brought to light, offering a pathway to improvement and growth. We believe the government itself must be the foremost champion of a free press, recognizing that journalists and media outlets play a crucial role in identifying and bringing to light issues such as corruption, inefficiency, and bureaucratic stagnation. By fostering an environment where the media is free to scrutinize and report, the government can utilize these insights to address problems proactively, ensuring a transparent, accountable governance structure. This openness not only facilitates timely reforms but also strengthens the trust between the government and its citizens, laying the foundation for a resilient and dynamic democracy. In light of this, we urge the Azerbaijani government to lead by example, championing the cause of press freedom, the protection and freedom of journalists. By doing so, it can pave the way for a more transparent, accountable, and effective administration that truly serves the best interests of its people within and abroad.

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