Eynulla Fatullayev

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, reporter convicted on drug charges

Moscow, June 12, 2012--CPJ condemns Monday's conviction of a journalist in Azerbaijan who has been held by police since February on trumped-up charges.


CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2012

CPJ launches Journalist Security Guide

CPJ launched the Journalist Security Guide recently, which provides reporters with concrete steps to minimize the dangers of digital and physical reporting. In the guide, Danny O'Brien, CPJ's Internet advocacy coordinator, and Frank Smyth, CPJ's senior security consultant, discuss the threats facing journalists and outline the relevant steps journalists should take in considering their safety.

The guide, which was created in consultation with prominent journalists such as Sebastian Junger, Umar Cheema, and Carolyn Cole, includes six videos and also features guidelines on protecting digital information, preparing for armed conflict, covering organized crime, and mitigating the risk of sexual violence.

To continuously present journalists with up-to-date security information, CPJ is also launching the Journalist Security Blog, a platform that features posts by CPJ and guest bloggers on safer mobile use, first-aid training courses, and new ways to ensure journalist safety. 

The Journalist Security Guide is available online in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. It can also be downloaded in e-reader, iBook, and pdf formats.  

April 26, 2012 10:47 AM ET

Blog   |   Azerbaijan

Eynulla Fatullayev awarded UNESCO/Cano Prize

Eynulla Fatullayev, center, is pictured with CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, Nina Ognianova, and research associate Muzaffar Suleymanov at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. (CPJ)

Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev has been named 2012 laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, UNESCO announced yesterday.

April 18, 2012 5:34 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Azerbaijan

Four years after Eynulla Fatullayev was imprisoned on a series of fabricated charges, and more than a year after the European Court of Human Rights ordered his immediate release, the editor finally walked free. In an interview with CPJ, Fatullayev praised the international community for its sustained support. Attacks against domestic journalists covering sensitive subjects continued with impunity. Freelance reporter Rafiq Tagi, who wrote critically about Islamist politics and government policies, died after being stabbed on a Baku street. Two reporters for the pro-opposition newspaper Azadlyg were beaten in reprisal for their work, while the editor of the independent newspaper Khural was jailed in late year on retaliatory charges. Hostility toward international reporters was on the rise: Members of a Swedish television crew working on a human rights documentary were deported; a U.S. freelancer and a British researcher were assaulted; and a photojournalist was denied entry based on her Armenian ethnicity.

February 21, 2012 12:48 AM ET


CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, December 2011

Tajik journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov was convicted on insult charges in October, but was released from prison. He is banned from all journalistic work for three years. (RFE/RL Radio Ozodi)

The year in press freedom

This year was marked by a wave of anti-press violence as social unrest stirred millions into action. Journalists from Belarus to Egypt and Mexico to Beijing continued exposing the truth despite being attacked for their reporting.

The Committee to Protect Journalists' thorough documentation and high-level advocacy helped to ensure that you heard the stories of the journalists silenced by violence, muted by torture, cowed into self-censorship, or suppressed by exile. On the front lines and online--we persevered in the fight to preserve freedom of the press and our collective right to be informed. 

December 29, 2011 10:09 AM ET

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Burundi, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iran, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Ivory Coast, Journalist Assistance, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Morocco, Myanmar, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

Imprisonments jump worldwide, and Iran is worst

Stark regional differences are seen as jailings grow significantly in the Middle East and North Africa. Dozens of journalists are held without charge, many in secret prisons. A CPJ special report

Journalists reporting on protests and civil unrest face a rising threat of detention. Here, Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian journalist. (Reuters)

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Multimedia

Video: Freeing Eynulla Fatullayev

In this video companion to CPJ's 2011 census of imprisoned journalists, Azerbaijani editor Eynulla Fatullayev describes his own time in prison and how international advocacy can make a difference in winning the freedom of jailed reporters, editors, photojournalists, and bloggers. (4:47)

Read the special report "Imprisonments jump worldwide” and view our database of journalists in prison.

December 8, 2011 12:00 AM ET



CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2011

Honoring those who buck the system

CPJ and about 900 supporters recently embarked on an emotional journey with four journalists from Bahrain, Belarus, Mexico, and Pakistan. At the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York's Waldorf Astoria on November 22, we celebrated their daring reporting and relentless efforts to expose the truth in defiance of violence, torture, self-censorship, and exile.

December 5, 2011 11:17 AM ET


Press Freedom Awards

CPJ International Press Freedom Awards 2011

21st Annual Ceremony and Dinner
To benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists

Valdez, al-Jamri, Rather, Radina, Cheema, Fatullayev (Michael Nagle/Getty Images for CPJ)

Four intrepid reporters and editors from Bahrain, Belarus, Mexico, and Pakistan were honored Tuesday, November 22, at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 21st Annual International Press Freedom Awards benefit dinner, an annual recognition of courageous journalism.

The event, held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, raised nearly $1.4 million for CPJ's work denouncing anti-press violations, providing assistance to targeted journalists, and advocating for press freedom worldwide. Award winners Mansoor al-Jamri (Al-Wasat, Bahrain), Natalya Radina (Charter 97, Belarus), Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Riodoce, Mexico), and Umar Cheema (The News, Pakistan) were honored in front of approximately 900 guests. CPJ also paid tribute to television newsman Dan Rather by awarding him the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for his lifelong work to advance press freedom.

At the benefit, CPJ premiered its 2011 overview video detailing our efforts to defend press freedom around the world and online.

Read the full press release

2011 International Press Freedom Awardees. bios and videos:

Mansoor al-Jamri, Bahrain

Natalya Radina, Belarus

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, Mexico

Umar Cheema, Pakistan

Burton Benjamin Memorial Awardee

Dan Rather, United States

2009 International Press Freedom Awardee:

Eynulla Fatullayev, Azerbaijan

Fatullayev received his 2009 award after having been released from prison earlier this year.

November 23, 2011 11:59 PM ET

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