Toplum TV

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Toplum TV founder Alasgar Mammadli (second from right), enters Baku's Khatai District Court for a hearing on July 3, 2024. Mammadli is one of 11 Azerbaijani journalists held in pretrial detention on charges of currency smuggling. (Photo: Farid Ismayilov)

Azerbaijan extends pretrial detentions of journalists facing currency charges

Stockholm, July 11, 2024 – Azerbaijani authorities have extended the pretrial detentions of 11 journalists in recent weeks as part of an ongoing crackdown on the country’s few remaining independent media outlets. The journalists are among 13 media workers from four independent outlets charged since November with currency smuggling related to alleged receipt of Western…

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Shamo Eminov and Aziz Orujov

Azerbaijan extends pretrial detention of 2 journalists on currency smuggling charges

Stockholm, March 19, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the release of Kanal 13 director Aziz Orujov and reporter Shamo Eminov, whose pretrial detention was extended on Tuesday, along with eight others being held on similar charges. “As Azerbaijani courts have once again rubber-stamped the detention of yet more journalists on allegations of illegally…

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On March 8, Toplum TV’s founder Alasgar Mammadli was arrested as he left a health clinic. (Screenshot: Turan Informasiya Agentliyi/YouTube)

Azerbaijani police raid Toplum TV, detain journalists over alleged currency smuggling

Stockholm, March 11, 2024—Azerbaijani authorities should release Toplum TV’s founder Alasgar Mammadli and journalist Mushfig Jabbar, drop all charges against the independent news outlet’s staff, and allow the media to work freely and without reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On March 6, dozens of plainclothes police officers in the capital, Baku, raided…

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Azerbaijan police detain, beat journalists covering environmental protest

Stockholm, June 30, 2023—Azerbaijan authorities must ensure journalists can cover protests without obstruction and should investigate reports of police violence against members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Since June 22, Azerbaijani police have detained, beaten, threatened, or otherwise obstructed the work of at least six journalists reporting on environmental protests…

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