Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

A defiant Azerbaijan rebuffs Fatullayev appeal

New York, December 30, 2010--Azerbaijan's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev's motion to be freed pending his appeal of a drug conviction, the Turan news agency reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists has concluded the drug charge was falsified as a means of keeping Fatullayev in jail despite European Court of Human Rights' rulings that he be released immediately.

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan releases blogger; two reporters still in prison

New York, November 18, 2010--After the Baku Appeals Court released blogger Adnan Hajizade today, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Azerbaijani authorities to release two other imprisoned journalists, Emin Milli and Eynulla Fatullayev. Both Milli and Fatullayev have their appeals pending at the same court.
November 18, 2010 5:41 PM ET


Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan must immediately release Eynulla Fatullayev

Fatullayev (IRFS)
New York, November 15, 2010--While the Azerbaijani Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the country will uphold the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights decision to immediately release editor Eynulla Fatullayev, he remains in jail. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for his immediate release.

A November 5 decision by the Baku Appeals Court said the editor must remain in custody while he appeals an ancillary drug conviction, regardless of the European Court's March ruling, defense lawyer Elchin Sadygov said.

November 15, 2010 5:08 PM ET


Letters   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ, press groups: Release Eynulla Fatullayev

Dear President Aliyev: We are writing to express our strong concern regarding the continued imprisonment of Editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev, which constitutes a breach of Azerbaijan's international legal obligations and a violation of Mr Fatullayev's rights.

October 22, 2010 12:37 PM ET


Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, imprisoned blogger denied freedom

New York, July 27, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by an Azerbaijani court’s decision to deny early release to jailed video blogger Adnan Hajizade, and it called on the appeals court to set him free. 

July 27, 2010 3:20 PM ET


Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Court slams Fatullayev with another prison sentence

New York, July 6, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s decision by Azerbaijan’s Garadagh District Court in Baku to sentence imprisoned independent editor Eynulla Fatullayev to two and a half years in a strict-regime prison after finding him guilty of drug possession. Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, has already served more than three years of an eight and a half year term on a series of fabricated charges, including terrorism.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ condemns farcical Azerbaijan trial

We issued the following statement today after the Azerbaijani independent agency Turan reported on the testimony of two inmates who allegedly saw imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev take drugs. Fatullayev was charged with drug usage shortly before the European Court of Human Rights acquitted him of all earlier trumped-up charges and ordered his immediate release.

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan, Norway

Azerbaijan confiscates Norwegian footage on Fatullayev

New York, May 7, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Azerbaijani authorities to immediately investigate the illegal confiscation of footage and reporting from Norwegian television reporter Erling Borgen and cameraman Dag Inge Dahl on Thursday.

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan should comply with European Court ruling

New York, April 23, 2010—Azerbaijani authorities must comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ decision ordering the immediate release of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, has been jailed for three years on fabricated charges.

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani editor Zakhidov freed; 3 journalists still jailed

A 2008 poster says: “Freedom for Genimet Zakhidov!” (CPJ)

New York, March 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison on Thursday of Azerbaijani editor Genimet Zakhidov, who served more than half of a four-year term on fabricated “hooliganism” charges.

“We're relieved Azerbaijani officials released our colleague Genimet Zakhidov, who served 28 long months in prison in retaliation for his critical journalism,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. “We call on authorities to build on this positive step by releasing editor Eynulla Fatullayev and video bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade, all of whom have been imprisoned for their journalism.”


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