Azerbaijan

March 16, 2012
Azerbaijan: In Solidarity with Khadija Ismayilova
The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) condemns the blackmail and continued harassment of one of the few independent investigative journalists working in Azerbaijan, Khadija Ismayilova. The most recent episode in the harassment campaign involves a one minute film of an intimate nature being posted on the internet on Wednesday March 14). A week earlier Ismayilova said she... More...
November 24, 2011
Azerbaijani Journalist Targeted By Fatwa Dies After Stabbing Attack
BAKU — Azerbaijani writer and journalist Rafiq Tagi has died, four days after he was stabbed multiple times in a late-night attack in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. Tagi, 61, a critic of the Azerbaijani government, Iran, and political Islam, died in the Baku hospital where he had been treated... More...
October 12, 2011
Court In Azerbaijan Over Assault On Foreign Journalist, Activist
Four men have gone on trial in Baku accused of assaulting a U.S. journalist and a British rights activist in the Azerbaijani capital four months ago, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.U.S. journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist Celia Davies say they were attacked on June 15... More...
September 9, 2011
Azerbaijan's IT Ministry to spread TV broadcasting to Karabakh
The teleradio production unit of Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies is completing construction of new television tower in Terter. General director of Teleradio Aflatun Sharifov said that the new tower is expected to launch in 20 days. The main task now is installation of... More...
September 8, 2011
UK justice minister backs TV broadcasts of courts
Britain intends to allow TV cameras into courts in England and Wales so the public can judge the judicial system's performance. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said Tuesday he will propose legislation that initially allows broadcasts of judges' rulings in the Court of Appeal, and then moves on to... More...
September 8, 2011
Azerbaijan: Hacker attack on the site of “Azadlig" newspaper
Newspaper "Azadlig" made a statement due to continuing attacks on its website.  The statement noted that over the past two years the site of the newspaper azadliq.az was broken several times, and they had to create a new one - azadliq.info. The current site has been created in the... More...
September 5, 2011
RFE/RL Azerbaijani Reporter Deported From Nakhijevan Via Iran
An RFE/RL correspondent has been deported from the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhijevan through Iran after investigating the death of a man reportedly accused of spying for Tehran, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.Yafez Hasanov traveled to Nakhijevan on August 30 to interview family members... More...
September 1, 2011
RSF: "Authorities in Nakhchivan impose news blackout on detainee’s death"
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the way that security officials in Nakhchivan – an autonomous Azerbaijani exclave between Armenia and Iran – have been harassing journalists in an attempt to impose a news blackout on a death in detention and the disappearance of four other young people who... More...
August 26, 2011
Digital Television to Cover 85 Percent of Azerbaijan by 2012
Until January 2012, digital TV will cover 85 percent of the population of Azerbaijan, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan, Elmir Velizadeh, said in an interview posted on the official website of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party. He said the population will... More...
August 24, 2011
Criminal Case Against Journalist Goes To Court
The Sharur district prosecutor’s office has completed its investigation in the criminal case against Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev on charges of stealing electricity (Article 189-1.1). Mehdiyev is a regional correspondent with the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). On Monday, he was... More...
June 28, 2011
Two detained over foreign journalists' beating in Azerbaijan
Two men who beat an American journalist Amanda Erickson and a British human rights activist Celia Davis have been detained in Baku by Yasamal district police, Azerbaijani Interior Ministry's press service told Trend Saturday.On the night from 15 to 16 June, about 00:20... More...
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