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Azerbaijani blogger sentenced to prison for alleging abuse

In this screen grab, Mehman Huseynov reports from the villa of a senior Azerbaijani official.

New York, March 3, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release blogger and press freedom advocate Mehman Huseynov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Baku today sentenced Huseynov to two years in prison on defamation charges for alleging that police beat him, according to his lawyer and media reports. CPJ called on prosecutors not to contest Huseynov's appeal.

March 3, 2017 4:33 PM ET

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Case   |   Azerbaijan

Fox TV-Turkey taken off the air in Azerbaijan

Broadcasts of Turkish broadcaster Fox TV-Turkey ceased in Azerbaijan late the night of February 22, 2017, hours after a presenter mocked President Ilham Aliyev's appointment of his wife as the country's first vice-president, Azerbaijani and Turkish media reported.

February 28, 2017 3:20 PM ET

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Statements   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

A woman takes a photograph in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, April 7, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies.

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

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Blog   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani authorities tighten screws on independent media

A man uses his laptop in a Baku street. Azerbaijan has extended its press freedom crackdown to include bloggers and social media users. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

When officials in Baku released several high-profile journalists, including investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, from prison in May last year, the international media rights community breathed a sigh of relief. But any optimism was short-lived, with authorities in recent months prosecuting journalists and bloggers, and passing restrictive online media laws.

January 20, 2017 2:07 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Blogger jailed in Belarus faces extradition to Azerbaijan

New York, January 13, 2017--Belarussian authorities should unconditionally release Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian-Israeli blogger detained in the capital Minsk on an extradition request from Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 13, 2017 4:22 PM ET

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

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Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

President François Hollande speaks at the opening of the Open Government Partnership summit in Paris in December, where press freedom was added to the agenda. (Jacky Naegelen/Pool/AFP)

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called democracy "so fragile and so precious." His words came at a time when France's far right is gaining momentum.

Case   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani TV journalists receive death threats

Two contributors to the Azerbaijani broadcaster Meydan TV, which has broadcast from Berlin since 2014 out of concern for the safety of its staff, received death threats on October 4, 2016, according to press reports.

October 6, 2016 5:00 PM ET

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Azerbaijan suspends TV station's license for Turkey coverage

New York, July 19, 2016 - Azerbaijani regulators should immediately reverse their decision to suspend the license of broadcaster ANS TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Broadcasting regulators yesterday said they were suspending the station's license to broadcast for one month because of its coverage of events in Turkey.

July 19, 2016 3:37 PM ET

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Blog   |   Azerbaijan, Burundi, Gambia, Turkey

World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

In August 2014 two journalists living more than 4,000 miles apart slipped across a border to find safety: one with his wife and three children, the other alone. Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting. Neither has been able to return home.

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