Osman Mirzayev at his office
April 13, 1937|
|Died||November 20, 1991
|Occupation||Journalist, writer, publicist, television presenter, president's spokesperson|
Osman Mirzayev is widely regarded as one of the great pioneers of independent journalism in Azerbaijan. He came to prominence as presenter of Dalga (Wave), Azerbaijan's first political TV programme, and through his investigative articles about political repression and persecution in the Soviet Azerbaijan and books We Only Live Once, Eagle in Flight, Drop and Lake and many other writings. Mirzayev's book Adlarimiz (Our Names) reviews the origins and meanings of the most popular first names in Azerbaijan.
After the country regained its independence in 1991, he rose to the position of Presidential Spokesman and Head of the Information Department of the Presidential Administration of the Azerbaijan Republic.
Osman Mirzayev was killed on November 20, 1991 Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 shootdown in Nagorno Karabakh. He was part of a 22-person international mission to investigate clashes in the region. There were no survivors of the crash. He left a wife and three daughters, all engaged in journalism. Osman Mirzayev is buried at the Alley of Honor in Baku. There are streets and schools named after Osman Mirzayev in Azerbaijan.
Selected awards and honours
- 1993: National Hero of Azerbaijan (awarded post mortem)
- 1994: Honorary doctoral degree of the Azerbaijan State University
- 1985: The Golden Pen Award
- 1988: Honorary Journalist of Azerbaijan Republic
- "Eagle in Flight": (1978)
- "Drop and Lake" (1979)
- "Our Names"(1986). Etymology and meaning of popular Azeri names. Reprinted in 1994, and 2010.
- "We Only Live Once" (1991)
- “Sovetski”nin dahi sakinləri…
- "Killed journalists". Retrieved April 16, 2010.
- Roman Glebov (November 25, 1991). "Республики. В Азербайджане сбит вертолет с VIP на борту" [Republics. A helicopter with VIP on board has been shot down in Azerbaijan.] (in Russian). Kommersant. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
- K. Zarbaliyeva (November 19, 2008). "Investigation into Crash of Helicopter with Azerbaijani Senior Officials Suspended". Trend News Agency. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
- Азад Шариф "Творческие династии Азербайджана XX века"