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Paradoxes in the Caucasus: A Report on Freedom of the Media in Azerbaijan and Armenia

Table of Contents Press Release: Censorship Plagues Press in Armenia and Azerbaijan, CPJ Reports Introduction Azerbaijan Azerbaijan’s Media Navigate a Legal Maze Oil Flows More Freely Than Ideas in Azerbaijan Censorship While You Wait: An Azerbaijani Newspaper Struggles to Stay Alive Cut It Out: Notes from an Azerbaijani Censor The Many Targets of Azerbaijani Censorship….

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Armenian Officials Tout Press Freedom But Bully the Press

There are two views of the press in Armenia today. The first holds that the press is entirely free to report as it chooses. The second is that the press is irresponsible. One thing is certain: In the absence of censorship, Armenian officials resort to verbal pressure and sometimes physical retribution, to knock journalists into…

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Key Media Officials in Azerbaijan

Minister of Press and Information: Siruz Khudat ogli Tabrizli, born 1942 in Tabriz, Iran. A writer, poet, former journalist. Holds democratic views but is a strong supporter of President Heidar Aliyev. Member of parliament and a leader of Aliyev’s New Azerbaijan party. Serves as minister under the “List of 18” exception which allows 15 percent…

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Cut It Out: Notes from An Azerbaijani Censor

A 1993 censor’s log book, revealing the interplay between censors and the cuts they made, has been circulating among Baku editors. Some extracts from the purloined document: ³24/VIII/93 ³An article cut from Azadliq. It said that S. Husseinov demanded the resignation of President Aliyev at his press conference at Ganja. If you see such information…

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Uncertain Future for Armenians’ Internet Access

Stepanian acknowledges that many television programs do not elicit the kind of interest he would like to see. “Our workers come with Soviet experience,” he explains. “It is difficult for them to forget Glavlit [censorship] and self-censorship and to teach them freedom. Mostly the fault is with the journalists, rather than the government.” There is…

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Introduction

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caucasian republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have declared their desire to model themselves after Western European societies, with free-market economies and democratic government. But their passage from communism to a new social order has been rife with contradictions. In the current transition period, leaders of both countries…

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Censorship While You Wait: An Azerbaijani Newspaper Struggles to Stay Alive

At 25, Gunduz M. Tairli is a chain – smoking, ink – stained journalist. His face is angular; his expression intense. He is also chief editor of Azadliq, one of Baku’s most popular newspapers, and the organ of the opposition Popular Front party. Putting out Azadliq is a daily struggle for Tairli, who labors 12…

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Attacks on the Press in 1997

Attacks on the Press in 1997 Introduction: Attacks on the Press in 1997 Imprisoned Index imprision country list Imprisoned Journalists confirmedright1.html Contributors: Attacks on the Press in 1997 Index: Attacks on the Press in 1997 Credits: Attacks on the Press in 1997-Credits Attacks on the Press in 1997 Attacks on the Press in 1997 Imprisoned…

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Archived Documents, 1997

CPJ News Alerts, 1997 Mexico: Killing of Journalist Condemned Indonesia: Ahmed Taufik accepts award Press Freedom Groups Condemn Algeria’s Silencing of Independent Press Algeria: Letter to the Embassy of Algeria 185 Journalists Imprisoned Worldwide Proceeds from Michael Bloomberg’s Book to Benefit CPJ Bosnia: Dayton Accords Broken Letter to Madeleine Albright Cambodian Journalists Threatened by Military…

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Press Freedom Under the Dragon: Special Report on Hong Kong

Six journalists–from Croatia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, and the United States–who have risked their freedom and their lives to report the news will receive the 1997 International Press Freedom Awards from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The recipients are Christine Anyanwu, imprisoned editor in chief of the independent Nigerian news weekly The Sunday Magazine;…

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