Azerbaijan / 2010

A defiant Azerbaijan rebuffs Fatullayev appeal

December 30, 2010 2:16 PM ET

New York, December 30, 2010--Azerbaijan's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev's motion to be freed pending his appeal of a drug conviction, the Turan news agency reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists has concluded the drug charge was falsified as a means of keeping Fatullayev in jail...

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Azerbaijan releases blogger; two reporters still in prison

November 18, 2010 5:41 PM ET

New York, November 18, 2010--After the Baku Appeals Court released blogger Adnan Hajizade today, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Azerbaijani authorities to release two other imprisoned journalists, Emin Milli and Eynulla Fatullayev. Both Milli and Fatullayev have their appeals pending at the same court....

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Azerbaijan must immediately release Eynulla Fatullayev

November 15, 2010 5:08 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2010--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...

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CPJ, press groups: Release Eynulla Fatullayev

October 22, 2010 12:37 PM ET

Dear President Aliyev: We are writing to express our strong concern regarding the continued imprisonment of Editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev, which constitutes a breach of Azerbaijan's international legal obligations and a violation of Mr Fatullayev's rights.

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In Azerbaijan, imprisoned blogger denied freedom

July 27, 2010 3:20 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by an Azerbaijani court’s decision to deny early release to jailed video blogger Adnan Hajizade, and it called on the appeals court to set him free. ...

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Court slams Fatullayev with another prison sentence

July 6, 2010 5:17 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s decision by Azerbaijan’s Garadagh District Court in Baku to sentence imprisoned independent editor Eynulla Fatullayev to two and a half years in a strict-regime prison after finding him guilty of drug possession. Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, has already served more...

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CPJ condemns farcical Azerbaijan trial

May 14, 2010 2:09 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after the Azerbaijani independent agency Turan reported on the testimony of two inmates who allegedly saw imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev take drugs. Fatullayev was charged with drug usage shortly before the European Court of Human Rights acquitted him of all earlier trumped-up charges and...

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Azerbaijan confiscates Norwegian footage on Fatullayev

May 7, 2010 5:23 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Azerbaijani authorities to immediately investigate the illegal confiscation of footage and reporting from Norwegian television reporter Erling Borgen and cameraman Dag Inge Dahl on Thursday....

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Azerbaijan should comply with European Court ruling

April 23, 2010 3:39 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2010—Azerbaijani authorities must comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ decision ordering the immediate release of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, has been jailed for three years on fabricated...

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Azerbaijani editor Zakhidov freed; 3 journalists still jailed

March 19, 2010 3:28 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison on Thursday of Azerbaijani editor Genimet Zakhidov, who served more than half of a four-year term on fabricated “hooliganism” charges.“We're relieved Azerbaijani officials released our colleague Genimet Zakhidov, who served 28 long months in prison...

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