Jailed journalist receives an award named after lawyer Isakhan Ashurov

March 29th, 2013


Jailed editor of Tolishy Sado newspaper, Hilal Mammadov has become the first recipient of the Isakhan Ashurov award. The award, founded by Institute for Peace and Democracy in the memory of human rights lawyer Isakhan Ashurov, will each year be given to individuals who have contributed to the cause of human rights. Hilal Mammadov, who remains in pre-detention for his human rights activity, was announced a winner at a today ceremony in the packed El political movement office in Baku. Mammadov’s lawyer Ramiz Mammadov received the prize on behalf of journalist.

Background: Journalist Hilal Mammadov is charged with illegal possession of drugs in large quantities (Article 234.4.3/Criminal Code), treason (Article 274/Criminal Code), and incitement of national, racial, social and religious hatred, hostility and ethnic discrimination (Article 283/Criminal Code).