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March 29, 2011

Journalist abducted and beaten in Azerbaijan

A particularly shocking attack was carried out last weekend on Seymour Khaziyev , a journalist with the opposition newspaper Azadlig , Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Khaziyev was set upon by six masked men as he was returning to his home in Jeryanbatan on the outskirts of Baku on the night of March 26. Taken in a minibus to an unknown location with a sack over his head, he was then tortured for two hours. The two telephones he was carrying were... MORE
March 22, 2011

Eynulla Fatullayev threatened in Azerbaijan prison

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm about reported threats in prison against embattled editor Eynulla Fatullayev . According to CPJ interviews and local press reports, Fatullayev has feared for his life since his recent transfer to a new jail, prompting him to request that he be isolated from other inmates. Now in solitary confinement, his health has deteriorated and he has not received medical treatment, according to CPJ research. According... MORE
March 15, 2011

Jailed Azerbaijani journalist appeals to President Aliyev

The jailed chief editor of the former newspaper "Gundalik Azerbaijan," Eynulla Fatullayev, has sent a letter to President Ilham Aliyev expressing hope that he will be released, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports. Fatullayev's lawyer, Anar Qasimov, told RFE/RL the journalist asked Aliyev to intervene in the complicated situation around Fatullayev's case and "expressed hope he will be released as the issue is connected directly to the president." The details: [ Link ] The European Council's... MORE
February 2, 2011

Azerbaijan denies Fatullayev's appeal, defies ECHR ruling

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed outrage over the Baku Appeals Court's decision to reject imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev's latest appeal and continues to defy a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that called for his release. On January 25, the court denied Fatullayev's appeal of his July conviction on a trumped-up charge of drug possession, the independent Caucasus news website Kavkazsky Uzel reported. His lawyers will contest the ruling at Azerbaijan's... MORE
December 13, 2010

Council of Europe Committee calls on Azerbaijan to release Eynulla Fatullayev

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has released its final statement on the case of imprisoned journalist Eynulla Fatullayev. The statement emphasises that, as a member of the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan has agreed to abide by the final judgment of the court. "The November 11 ruling by the Azerbaijani Supreme Court makes Fatullayev's release possible. However, he remains behind bars and there are still questions being asked about the legality of his imprisonment since April 2007. We... MORE
November 16, 2010

Azerbaijan must immediately release Eynulla Fatullayev

While the Azerbaijani Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the country will uphold the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights decision to immediately release editor Eynulla Fatullayev, he remains in jail. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for his immediate release. A November 5 decision by the Baku Appeals Court said the editor must remain in custody while he appeals an ancillary drug conviction, regardless of the European Court's March ruling, defense lawyer Elchin... MORE
November 12, 2010

Azerbaijan: Supreme court partially accepts European court ruling but refuses to free journalist

Azerbaijan’s supreme court Thursday partially complied with a European Court of Human Rights ruling from last April by quashing jailed newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev’s 2007 convictions on charges of terrorism and inciting hatred, thereby recognising that his rights were violated. But it upheld a third 2007 conviction on a charge of tax evasion and a July 2010 conviction on a charge of possessing heroin while in prison. The supreme court’s decision constitutes a small positive step but is... MORE
November 12, 2010

Azerbaijan court upholds ECHR decision to overturn journalist’s conviction

Azerbaijan’s highest court on Thursday upheld a April 22 decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), ordering the immediate release of Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azeri journalist who was sentenced in 2007 to eight-and-a-half years in prison for defamation and “fomenting terrorism” through his articles. As IPI reported at the time, the Court voted six to one that Azerbaijan had violated Fatullayev’s rights, and had "grossly" and "disproportionately" restricted freedom of expression by... MORE
October 22, 2010

Azerbaijan: Free expression under attack

Ahead of Azerbaijan’s upcoming Parliamentary elections, nine organisations are launching a new report titled Free Expression under Attack: Azerbaijan’s Deteriorating Media Environment . The report findings come out of a joint freedom of expression mission to the country in September 2010 and highlight the Azerbaijani government’s failure to comply with its international commitments to promote and protect freedom of expression. “In Azerbaijan, those who attack or harass journalists do so in the... MORE
September 15, 2010

NGOs issue statement on deterioration of freedom of expression ahead of Azerbaijan elections

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan conducted a three-day freedom of expression mission to Azerbaijan from September 7-9, during which they met journalists and other media workers, civil society activists, and government officials, and collected testimonies of violations of freedom of expression. The participating organisations were: ARTICLE 19, Freedom House, Index on Censorship, International Federation of Journalists, Media Diversity Institute, Open Society Foundations, Press... MORE