12 June 2019 – Journalist Polad Aslanov, chief editor of independent news websites Xeberman and Press-az was arrested on charges of high treason according to his lawyer Elchin Sadigov, Azerbaijan Service for Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty reported.
The journalist is facing a life sentence if found guilty.
14 June 2019 – An Azerbaijani court ruled that journalist Polad Aslanov would remain in detention, sentencing him to four months in pretrial detention pending an investigation.
24 June 2019 – An appeals court ruled against releasing Polad Aslanov despite the journalist’s plea of innocence, independent Meydan TV reported.
Categories: Arrest/detention/interrogation; Criminal charges/fines/sentences; Subpoena/court order/lawsuits; Legal measures
Sources of violation: Police/state security; Government/state agency/public officials/political party; Court/judicial
7 June 2019 – Journalist Shohvalad Chobanoglu was denied his request to remove a travel ban, online news site Abzas reported.
Chobanoglu has been under a travel ban, which prevents him from leaving the country, since 2014. Chobanoglu appealed to the prosecutors office to consider removing his ban following a series of travel ban removals affecting other journalists,
However, prosecutors said, they will add the journalist’s request to the criminal case against him and respond at a later time. Chobanoglu considers this as a “no”, given he has submitted similar requests before, and was given the same response.
According to an independent non-governmental organisation Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center there are currently 30 representatives of Azerbaijani civil society, including journalists, facing a travel ban.
Categories: Criminal charges/fines/sentences; Intimidation; Subpoena/court order/lawsuits;
Sources of violation: Police/state security; Government/state agency/public official; Court/judicial;