Sardar Alibeili

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Critical editor convicted, jailed in Azerbaijan

Editor Sardar Alibeili, right, has been sentenced to four years in prison. (IRFS)

New York, November 14, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should release on appeal a journalist sentenced to four years in jail on trumped-up charges of hooliganism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The conviction comes as Azerbaijan is scheduled to assume the rotating chairmanship in the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe in May.

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Editor jailed on retaliatory charges in Azerbaijan

A court has ordered Editor Sardar Alibeili to be jailed for two months pending investigation. (IRFS)

New York, August 5, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should stop their practice of jailing journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in Baku on Friday ordered the imprisonment of Sardar Alibeili, chief editor of the independent newspaper P.S. Nota, for two months pending investigation of a criminal hooliganism charge, according to news reports. Alibeili, who has faced trumped-up charges in the past, faces up to seven years in jail on the new charge, the reports said.

August 5, 2013 4:28 PM ET

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December 8, 2009 12:00 PM ET

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Two Azeri journalists imprisoned, a third sentenced

New York, October 9, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prison sentences given to journalists at the weekly newspaper Nota on defamation charges on Thursday.

October 9, 2009 3:17 PM ET

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Appeals court upholds criminal libel sentence of two journalists

New York, April 13, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Baku Appeals Court decision today to uphold the convictions of two journalists with the independent weekly Nota Bene on charges of defaming Interior Minister Ramil Usubov in a series of articles that described corruption and infighting in the agency.

The court let stand a January trial court ruling that sentenced reporter Faramaz Novruzoglu to two years in prison and Editor-in-Chief Sardar Alibeili to 18 months of “corrective labor.” Their legal representatives were not present in court today because the hearing took place earlier than announced, Ilham Tumas, founder of Nota Bene, told the Azeri news Web site Mediaforum. He said Novruzoglu and Alibeili don’t know yet whether they will appeal to the Supreme Court.
April 13, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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Two journalists sentenced for defaming interior minister

New York, January 31, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the criminal libel convictions of two journalists in a suit filed by Azerbaijan’s interior minister who has launched a barrage of defamation suits to silence independent media.

Reporter Faramaz Novruzoglu and Editor-in-chief Sardar Alibeili of the weekly independent newspaper Nota Bene were sentenced to two years in prison and 18 months’ corrective labor respectively by a Baku court on Tuesday. Judge Muslim Aliyev of the Narimanovsky Court convicted them of defamation under Articles 147 and 148 of the Criminal Code, according to local press reports.
January 31, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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