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Azerbaijani court sentences local journalist to six years in prison

January 12, 2018 1:54 PM ET

New York, January 12, 2018--A district court in Azerbaijan today convicted veteran investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli on charges of illegally crossing the border, resisting police arrest, and contraband, and sentenced him to six years in prison, media reported....

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Mixed first year, but Global Magnitsky Act could be strong tool in fight for justice

January 12, 2018 12:08 PM ET

In December, the U.S. government announced the names of those it will penalize under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act....

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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Russia and former Soviet states emboldened by declining press freedom in US, Europe

October 4, 2017 3:30 PM ET

Receding media freedom in established European democracies and in the United States has emboldened authoritarian governments in Russia and other former Soviet countries to crack down on independent voices at home. I am sharing this information today with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-known as the Helsinki...

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Journalists on trial in France after calling Azerbaijan a dictatorship

September 7, 2017 3:58 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2017--The French justice ministry should dismiss criminal defamation charges the government of Azerbaijan brought against journalists Elise Lucet and Laurent Richard, and allow the pair to continue their work without obstruction, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijan detains head of Turan news agency

August 24, 2017 3:47 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Azerbaijani authorities today to immediately release Mehman Aliyev, head of the country's only independent news agency, Turan. Azerbaijan's Tax Ministry today ordered Aliyev to be detained as part of an investigation launched against Turan last week into allegations...

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Azerbaijani news agency's office raided

August 17, 2017 3:14 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should stop harassing Turan, the country's only independent news agency, and should allow it to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Newspaper financial director jailed in Azerbaijan

July 24, 2017 3:54 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2017--An Azerbaijani court's sentencing of Faiq Amirov, financial director of the independent newspaper Azadliq, is a further serious blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijan court sentences blogger to three years in jail

July 20, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2017--A Baku court today convicted Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to three years in jail for illegally crossing the state border, international and Azerbaijani media reported. The charges are related to three trips that Lapshin made between April 2011 and June 2016 to the disputed region...

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Azerbaijan sentences journalist to seven years in prison

June 20, 2017 5:09 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release Fikret Faramazoglu, chief editor of the news website Journalistic Research Center, from prison and investigate the journalist's claims that he was severely beaten in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Faramazoglu was sentenced on June 14 to seven...

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