Amnesty International has unveiled its annual report.
The report for Azerbaijan has three main parts; Freedom of Expression – Journalists, Freedom of Religion and Torture and Other Ill Treatment.
According to the report, “Opposition and independent journalists continued to face harassment, physical assault and intimidation on account of their journalistic activity. Although defamation and libel continued to be criminal offences, several journalists were imprisoned on other criminal charges ostensibly unrelated to their journalistic activity, such as “hooliganism” or “bribery”. The trials of journalists facing such charges did not meet international fair trial standards, and they effectively silenced reporting critical of the government.”
Particular attention was drawn to the cases of journalists Agil Khalil, Faramaz Novruzoglu, Sardar Alibeyli, Ganimat Zahid, Emin Huseynov, Malahet Nasibova, Ilgar Nasibov and Elman Abbasov.