Index on Censorship welcomes the release of Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Mehman Huseynov.
“We are extremely happy to hear that Mehman has been released. His imprisonment for his journalism marked a low-point for an already repressive government. We call on Azerbaijan’s authorities to respect freedom of expression by releasing journalists and human rights activists from prison,” said Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship.
Huseynov has been nominated for a 2019 Freedom of Expression Award in the journalism category. He was released on 2 March after serving a two-year sentence for defamation.
Huseynov has documented corruption and human rights violations in Azerbaijan, consistently ranked among the world’s worst countries for press freedom.
Despite official harassment, his work is circulated widely on the internet, informing citizens about the real estate and business empires of the country’s government officials, and scrutinised the decisions of president Ilham Aliyev.