CPJ issued a special report at the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, May 3, and spotlighted 10 emblematic cases in which journalists have been killed with impunity. Azerbaijan is among ten countries named on CPJ’s list.
“Elmar Huseynov, editor of the opposition newsweekly Monitor in Baku, had often faced government retaliation for his sharp criticism of President Ilham Aliyev,” read the report. “On March 2, 2005, he was gunned down in the stairwell of his apartment building in a killing that bore the marks of a contract hit. The building's entrance light was broken and telephone lines in the neighborhood were cut. Two years later, a former colleague named Eynulla Fatullayev published an in-depth e examination of the unsolved killing,
alleging that Huseynov’s murder was ordered by high-ranking officials in Baku and carried out by a criminal group.”
Other countries listed are Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Mexico, Iraq, Gambia, Pakistan and Burkina Faso.