The 2015 European Games may have lacked the coverage of the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, but for Azerbaijan where they are set to come to a close, they have been a source of pride for the government.

The media in Azerbaijan have abandoned the basic principles of the profession. Journalists do not even adhere to the basic mission of the press which is to tell the truth. All they are doing is hyping events in the country.

Rahim Haciyev, deputy editor, Azadliq

President Ilham Aliyev invested heavily in the 17-day competition, spending in the region of $1.2bn on state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.

For Aliyev, the event was an opportunity to showcase Azerbaijan to the world as an exciting and dynamic country.

But as athletes descended on the capital Baku - so too did journalists - and Aliyev's government has a poor track record when it comes to dealing with the media.

Some foreign reporters were refused entry into the country, and on the domestic level, Azerbaijani journalists faced harassment and intimidation.

In a country where reporting on corruption and human rights has landed some journalists in jail, the decision to award the country the games has shed light on its poor human rights situation.

Joining us to talk about Baku 2015, human rights, the government and media censorship are: Aflatun Amashov, the chairman of Azerbaijan Press Council; Al Jazeera correspondent Robin Forestier-Walker; Rahim Haciyev, the deputy editor at Azadliq; and Kenan Aliyev, the executive editor of "Current Time," Radio Free Europe and Voice of America.

Source: Al Jazeera