In Azerbaijan, independent journalist dies after being beaten in Baku
August 10, 2015 3:26 PM ET
New York, August 10, 2015--An independent reporter in Azerbaijan died early Sunday after being beaten viciously the day before in Baku, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Azerbaijan to conduct an efficient and...
Baku court bars press and family from Khadija Ismayilova trial
August 7, 2015 12:55 PM ET
New York, August 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to ensure due process in the trial against award-winning investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. When Ismayilova appeared at Baku Court on Grave Crimes for the first substantive hearing...
International coalition marks anniversary of crackdown on rights in Azerbaijan
July 30, 2015 2:29 PM ET
A year after the Azerbaijani government launched an unprecedented crackdown on human rights including press freedom, the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, the Sports for Rights coalition said today. The coalition of international organizations, including CPJ, released a...
CPJ calls on Azerbaijan to free jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova
July 23, 2015 1:09 PM ET
New York, July 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to immediately release Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist who has been imprisoned since December on charges of embezzlement, tax evasion, and abuse of power, among others. Ismayilova's...
Baku 2015: Press freedom, Azerbaijan, and the European Games
June 11, 2015 12:01 AM ET
Tomorrow 50 countries are due to take part in the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku, but Azerbaijan's most prominent journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, will not be at the celebrations. The award-winning investigative reporter has been in...
CPJ calls on European Olympic Committees to engage with Azerbaijan on press freedom
April 30, 2015 9:31 AM ET
Dear President Patrick Hickey: I am writing on behalf of the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent international press freedom organization, to call your attention to the dismal climate for press freedom in Azerbaijan, which is scheduled to host the first-ever European Games on June 12.
International coalition calls on European Court to prioritize Azerbaijani press cases
April 21, 2015 1:53 PM ET
Azerbaijan, one of the 10 Most Censored Countries in the world, according to new research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, is to host the first-ever European Games this June. As Baku prepares to bask in the spotlight by hosting...
Khadija Ismayilova slammed with new charges in Azerbaijan
February 13, 2015 1:05 PM ET
New York, February 13, 2015--The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office today charged Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative journalist, with embezzlement, illegal business, tax evasion, and abuse of power, regional and international press reported. The new charges came the same week that...
In Azerbaijan, journalist in hiding faces criminal investigation
February 12, 2015 4:22 PM ET
New York, February 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to drop the criminal investigation of Emin Huseynov, journalist and media freedom advocate, and allow him to work and travel without harassment and fear of arrest....