EYNULLA FATULLAYEV GIVEN AWARD BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

June 3rd, 2009
Amnesty International organization has recognized imprisoned Editor-in-chief of "Gundelik Azerbaijan" and "Realniy Azerbaijan" Newspapers Eynulla Fatullayev as a persecuted journalist. According to BBC radio, during a ceremony in London human rights group called on Azerbaijan to free the journalist and to end repression against freedom of speech in the country.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said that people like Eynulla Fatullayev always face resistance simply due to their professional activity and for protecting freedom of speech, and their lives are always in danger.
"Gundelik Azerbaijan" and "Realniy Azerbaijan" newspapers' editor-in-chief Eynulla Fatullayev was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment on 21 April 2007 for insulting honor and dignity.  Later he was convicted under articles 214.1 (threatening terror), 283.2.2 (incitement of ethnic/national, social or religious hatred abusing authority), and 213.2.2 (tax evasion) of the Criminal Code and was sentenced to 8.5 years of imprisonment on 30 October 2007.