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Hackers delete social media content of independent Azerbaijani news outlet Meydan TV

On June 18, 2020, anonymous hackers deleted nearly all of the content from the Azeri-language Facebook page of Meydan TV, an independent Germany-based news outlet that covers Azerbaijan, according to Matthew Kasper, the outlet’s project head, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview. The hackers deleted all of Meydan TV’s Facebook posts since 2018,…

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Journalist Afgan Sadygov detained since May in Azerbaijan

New York, June 17, 2020 – Azerbaijani authorities should release journalist Afgan Sadygov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist has been jailed for his work at least three times in three years, according to CPJ research. At about 3 p.m. on May 13, Sadygov, chief editor…

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Independent Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli speaks in Baku, Azerbaijan ,,on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Mukhtarli spoke to CPJ after his release from prison in Azerbaijan on March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov)

Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli: ‘Azerbaijani prisoners are facing death under coronavirus quarantine’

Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was released from prison on March 17, 2020, after nearly three years in jail, and flown to Berlin, where he was reunited with his wife and daughter. He served half of his six-year sentence on charges that Azerbaijani authorities brought in retaliation for his investigative reporting, as CPJ research shows.

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Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is seen at a court in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 31, 2017. He was released from prison today. (Reuters/Aziz Karimov)

Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli released from prison in Azerbaijan

New York, March 17, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed relief that Azerbaijani investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli was released from prison, and called for Azerbaijan authorities to release all other journalists held for their work.

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Law enforcement officers detain a protester in Baku, Azerbaijan, on October 19, 2019. Police detained journalist Seymur Hazi in the run-up to the protests. (Reuters/Aziz Karimov)

Azerbaijani journalist Seymur Hazi detained in run-up to protests

New York, October 21, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release journalist Seymur Hazi, drop any charges against him, and allow him to report freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalist Ikram Rahimov is set to appear before a judge for an appeal hearing on August 28. (Image via Elchin Sadygov)

Jailed Azerbaijani journalist Ikram Rahimov to appeal sentence

Washington, D.C., August 27, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release journalist Ikram Rahimov and stop retaliating against reporters for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29, 2019. Azerbaijani authorities recently jailed two journalists in unrelated cases. (AP/Darko Bandic)

Two journalists jailed in separate cases in Azerbaijan

Washington, D.C., June 18, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release journalists Ikram Rahimov and Polad Aslanov and drop the charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Anar Mammadov, editor-in-chief of independent news website Criminal.az, is set to appeal his conviction on false news, anti-state, and other charges on June 4. (Anar Mammadov)

Azerbaijani journalist to appeal 5.5 year suspended prison sentence

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should drop the charges against journalist Anar Mammadov and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Baku, Azerbaijan, as seen on June 18, 2015. An Azerbaijani journalist in exile in the United States has recently faced a harassment campaign by pro-government media in Azerbaijan. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Azerbaijani journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi faces harassment, threats to leak intimate photos

Washington, D.C., May 7, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should swiftly investigate the harassment and attempted extortion of exiled journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi by pro-government broadcaster Real TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Baku, Azerbaijan, is seen on November 23, 2017. Blogger Mehman Huseynov was recently barred from leaving the country. (AP/Pavel Golovkin)

Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov blocked from leaving the country

New York, April 11, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift travel restrictions on blogger Mehman Huseynov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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