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IRFS believes that if the journalist had been supplied with the necessary treatment after surviving the assassination attempt, he could have been saved. However, in the days following the attack, an indifferent approach was demonstrated towards him by the hospital staff and government authorities.
IRFS believes that Tagi was, in fact, murdered for his journalistic work.
On November 23rd, the International Day to End Impunity, journalists throughout the world, protest against the forces murdering their colleagues. The death of a journalist in Azerbaijan on this day reveales that the situation of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan has deteriorated into a dangerous place. Thus far, nobody has been charged in either Rafig Tagi’s murder, or the murder of Monitor Magazine editor-in-chief Elmar Huseynov, who was killed 6 years ago.
IRFS calls on the Azerbaijani government to bring those responsible for these murders to justice and end the impunity with which attacks on journalists are carried out today in Azerbaijan.
IRFS calls on the international community to maintain focus on freedom of expression in Azerbaijan and demonstrate solidarity with Azerbaijani journalists.