Media freedom advocate Emin Huseynov flees Azerbaijan as Baku hosts European Games
June 13, 2015 5:20 PM ET
New York, June 13, 2015-Azerbaijani journalist Emin Huseynov was flown into exile in Switzerland on June 12, a few hours after the opening ceremony of the European Games in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, according to reports. Fearing imminent arrest during the...
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, HRW call on president of European Olympic Committees to engage with Azerbaijan on press freedom, human rights
May 1, 2015 8:53 AM ET
A delegation of representatives from CPJ and Human Rights Watch met yesterday with Patrick Hickey, president of the European Olympic Committees, at the Dublin headquarters of the Olympic Council of Ireland. The delegation discussed the dismal state of press freedom...
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....
In Azerbaijan, media watchdog raided, equipment confiscated
August 8, 2014 1:05 PM ET
New York, August 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to stop harassing the Baku-based media freedom group Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety. Detectives with Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office raided the IRFS premises today, the local...
Court in Azerbaijan sentences journalist to eight years in jail
May 15, 2014 4:10 PM ET
New York, May 15, 2014--The eight-year prison term given today to a journalist in Azerbaijan is a breach of the country's declared commitments to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Parviz Hashimli is the editor of the...