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Invitation to our Press Briefing

Ahead of Snap Elections, Azerbaijan’s Media Stifled by a Climate of Fear

on Friday, March 9th
from 11:30 – 12:30

at the Pressclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna, Austria

This press conference will discuss the situation with press freedom ahead of the snap presidential election in Azerbaijan, and developments with the Council of Europe, the EU, and the OSCE/ ODIHR.

The event is hosted by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) and co-sponsored by Reporters Without Borders Austria (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI).


Rubina Moehring, Reporters Without Borders Austria, President

Barbara Trionfi, IPI Director

Emin Huseynov, IRFS Executive director


Mr. Emin Huseynov, Executive director
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety
Mobile no. + 41 788 788 428

On the 13th anniversary of journalist Elmar Huseynov’s murder, IRFS urges Azerbaijan’s authorities to stop stalling and relaunch the investigation into his death.

On 2 March 2005, after receiving a number of death threats, Monitor magazine editor-in-chief Elmar Huseynov was gunned down in the stairwell of his apartment building in Baku, where he died on the scene. » » » »

Press Conference :

Azerbaijan Snap Election: Democracy Crackdown and EU Response

Long-ruling Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has brought the date of Azerbaijan’s presidential election to 11th of April, six months ahead of schedule, amid the negotiations of the strategic deal with the EU and following yet another wave of the unprecedented crackdown and the rush of repressions in the country. » » » »

Институт Свободы и Безопасности Репортеров (ИСБР) осуждает внезапное и необоснованное решение президента Азербайджана Ильхама Алиева о назначении внеочередных президентских выборов на 11 апреля 2018 года, и считает не возможным проведение в данные сроки свободных и справедливых выборов с точки зрения отсутствия в стране необходимого уровня свободы выражения. » » » »

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) strongly condemns the call by Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev for an early presidential election for 11 April 2018. Serious electoral flaws and ongoing human rights abuses by the Azerbaijani government undermine any meaningful prospect of free and fair elections, the organisation said. » » » »

Институт Свободы Безопасности Репортеров (ИСБР) осуждает власти Азербайджана за организацию серии кибератак на аканты независимых СМИ и лидеров оппозиции в социальной сети facebook и призывает положить конец системному усилению цензуры в интернете жертвами которой за последний месяц стали публичные страницы ведущих независимых онлайн СМИ а также аналогичные страницы оппозиционных лидеров. » » » »

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) condemns the authorities of Azerbaijan for organizing a series of cyber attacks directed at the Facebook accounts of independent media outlets and opposition leaders, and calls for an end to the systemic intensification of online censorship that has targeted the public pages of leading independent online media outlets and opposition leaders over the past month. » » » »


I. Particulars Born on 4 November 1964 in Quimper

Married to Dolores Dominguez Perez and father of 3 children of French and Spanish nationality French nationality

II. Education and academic qualifications » » » »

France-based blogger Mahammad Mirzali’s father Fazil Mirzaliyev has been summoned to Goychay Regional Police Department and then taken to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the blogger himself reports. » » » »

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) condemns the politically motivated sentencing of investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli and demands his immediate release. » » » »