The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders

Azerbaijan: Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of Journalist Elmar Huseynov’s Murder
"Today, journalists in Azerbaijan face harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for conducting their professional activities" - says  London-based  ARTICLE 19 

Journalists are imprisoned on politically motivated charges of defamation, inciting hatred, supporting terrorism, hooliganism, and drug possession, yet those who commit physical attacks against journalists remain unpunished.
Opposition and independent media outlets operate on an uneven playing field, with unequal access to printing and broadcast facilities, pressure on investors not to advertise in their publications, and excessive civil defamation lawsuits filed by public officials.
Self-censorship is pervasive, with few remaining journalists willing to accept the financial and security risks associated with pursuing investigative journalism. see the full statement

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