MEDIA FREEDOM
Azerbaijan: Press freedom violations August 2019
11 Sep 2019
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Index on Censorship’s Monitoring and Advocating for Media Freedom project tracks press freedom violations in five countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Learn more.

3 Incidents

Seymur Hezi was arrested in August 2014. He was subsequently convicted of aggravated hooliganism and sentenced to five years in prison.

Journalist Seymur Hezi was arrested in August 2014. He was subsequently convicted of aggravated hooliganism and sentenced to five years in prison.

Journalist released from jail after serving his full sentence

29 August 2019 – Journalist Seymur Hezi, who was arrested in 2014, was released after having served full sentence reported Azerbaijan service for Radio Free Europe.

Hezi was arrested in 2014, and sentenced to five years on bogus hooliganism charges. 

He was on a list of political prisoners. 

Links: https://www.azadliq.org/a/30134584.html

https://www.bizimyol.info/az/news/192927.html

https://www.humanrightsclub.net/siyasi-m%C9%99hbuslar/2019/jurnalist-seymur-h%C9%99zi-azadliga-cixib/

Categories: n/a

Sources of violation: n/a

Journalist request rejected in court ruling

12 August 2019 – Investigative reporter, Khadija Ismayilova’s request for an early end to her probation period was rejected, according to the Turan news agency. 

The Binagadi district court refused to satisfy journalist’s request on the grounds the journalist was not fully recovered. 

Ismayilova was released on probation in 2016 after having served a year and a half of her seven and a half year sentence. Her probationary sentence forbids Ismayilova from leaving the country or working. 

Links: https://ifex.org/azerbaijan-khadija-ismayilovas-request-for-early-end-to-her-probation-rejected/

https://www.contact.az/ext/news/2019/8/free/Social/en/83009.htm

https://www.azadliq.org/a/x%C9%99dic%C9%99-ismay%C4%B1l-m%C9%99hkumlu%C4%9Fun-l%C9%99%C4%9Fvini-ist%C9%99yir/30083659.html 

Categories: criminal charges/fines/sentences; subpoena/court order/lawsuit; 

Sources of violation: court/judicial

Court rules against the journalist

7 August 2019 – The Supreme Court of Azerbaijan upheld charges of tax evasion against investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, the independent Turan News Agency reported. 

The journalist has been ordered to pay 45,145 Azerbaijani manats to tax authorities, who claim Ismayilova intentionally avoided paying taxes during her time as Bureau chief of Azadliq Radio. 

Ismayilova said she considers the decision unlawful and that now she has exhausted all domestic legal remedies, she will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. 

Links: https://www.azadliq.org/a/x%C9%99dic%C9%99-ismay%C4%B1l%C4%B1n-m%C9%99hk%C9%99m%C9%99si/30098186.html

https://www.contact.az/ext/news/2019/8/free/Social/en/82962.htm

Categories: criminal charges/fines/sentences; subpoena/court order/lawsuit; 

Sources of violation: court/judicial

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