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Dear Mr. President,

Dear Members of the French Parliament,

Ahead of the upcoming official visit by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, we kindly request you to raise problems with freedom of speech in Azerbaijan during your meetings and to call upon Ilham Aliyev to release all his critics from prisons and carry out urgent reforms to increase the government’s accountability to the media and the public. » » » »

Monsieur le Président,

Membres de Senat,

Membres de l’Assemblée Nationale de la France,

A la veille de la visite officielle du président azerbaïdjanais Ilham Aliyev, nous vous demandons de soulever lors de vos rencontres les problèmes liés à la liberté d’expression en Azerbaïdjan, ainsi que d’exhorter Monsieur Aliev de libérer de prison tous ses détracteurs et de mener toutes les réformes nécessaires pour augmenter la responsabilité des autorités face aux médias et devant le peuple. » » » »

Институт Свободы и Безопасности Репортеров осуждает власти Азербайджана за уничтожение свободы прессы и призывает мировое сообщество осудить и оказать соответствующее давление на правящий режим Ильхама Алиева. » » » »

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) decries the Azerbaijani authorities for the systematic clampdown on press freedom. The organization calls upon the world community to condemn this policy and exert appropriate pressure on the ruling regime of Ilham Aliyev to put an end to this practice. » » » »

Azerbaijan, a prospective partner to the European Union as negotiations of the strategic deal are in progress, has a long and brutal history of repression of critical voices. » » » »

Действующие в Азербайджане серьезные ограничения на свободу выражения не
представляют возможным проведения свободных и справедливых внеочередных выборов
президента Азербайджана, которые пройдут 11 апреля 2018 года, заявляет Институт
Свободы и Безопасности Репортеров. » » » »

10 April 2018
The severe restrictions on freedom of expression existing in Azerbaijan do not enable holding a free and fair snap presidential election in Azerbaijan on April 11, 2018, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety said today.
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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. » » » »