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Azerbaijani authorities tighten screws on independent media

A man uses his laptop in a Baku street. Azerbaijan has extended its press freedom crackdown to include bloggers and social media users. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

When officials in Baku released several high-profile journalists, including investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, from prison in May last year, the international media rights community breathed a sigh of relief. But any optimism was short-lived, with authorities in recent months prosecuting journalists and bloggers, and passing restrictive online media laws.

January 20, 2017 2:07 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Blogger jailed in Belarus faces extradition to Azerbaijan

New York, January 13, 2017--Belarussian authorities should unconditionally release Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian-Israeli blogger detained in the capital Minsk on an extradition request from Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 13, 2017 4:22 PM ET

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Blog   |   Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, France, Haiti, Hungary, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey

Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

President François Hollande speaks at the opening of the Open Government Partnership summit in Paris in December, where press freedom was added to the agenda. (Jacky Naegelen/Pool/AFP)

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called democracy "so fragile and so precious." His words came at a time when France's far right is gaining momentum.

Case   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani TV journalists receive death threats

Two contributors to the Azerbaijani broadcaster Meydan TV, which has broadcast from Berlin since 2014 out of concern for the safety of its staff, received death threats on October 4, 2016, according to press reports.

October 6, 2016 5:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan suspends TV station's license for Turkey coverage

New York, July 19, 2016 - Azerbaijani regulators should immediately reverse their decision to suspend the license of broadcaster ANS TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Broadcasting regulators yesterday said they were suspending the station's license to broadcast for one month because of its coverage of events in Turkey.

July 19, 2016 3:37 PM ET

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Blog   |   Azerbaijan, Burundi, Gambia, Turkey

World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

In August 2014 two journalists living more than 4,000 miles apart slipped across a border to find safety: one with his wife and three children, the other alone. Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting. Neither has been able to return home.

Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Nigeria, South Africa

Journalists released from prison, CPJ launches SecureDrop--and we throw a party!

CPJ Newsletter: June edition

Khadija Ismayilova thanks CPJ, says she will fight for her cause

CPJ Europe and Central Asia Senior Research Associate Muzaffar Suleymanov spoke to investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova a few hours after her release from prison on May 25.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova ordered released on suspended sentence

New York, May 25, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved at the Azerbaijani Supreme Court's decision today to free investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, who had been imprisoned on trumped-up charges since December 2014. The court converted Ismayilova's jail term into a three-and-a half-year suspended term, Reuters reported.

May 25, 2016 8:52 AM ET

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Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Colombia, Syria

CPJ highlights challenges to female journalists, reporter released from prison, CPJ hosts book talk

CPJ Newsletter: May edition

CPJ publishes annual edition of Attacks on the Press

On April 27, CPJ launched its annual publication of Attacks on the Press. This edition, which focuses on gender and media freedom worldwide, highlights the challenges faced by female journalists who fight to report the news against all odds. The book--and the dialogue it has already generated--is an important step in the fight toward ending sexual violence against female journalists.

(CPJ/Sumit Galhotra)
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