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Recall that prior to Huseynov’s arrest, an article titled “Provocation against ‘Bizim Yol’ Uncovered” was published in “Bizim Yol” Newspaper on 14 June 2007. The article exposed facts about how the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Population is looking for means to arrest “Bizim Yol” Newspaper correspondent Mushfig Huseynov. Before his arrest, M. Huseynov wrote a series of articles about illegal actions committed by employees from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Population, including Minister Fuzuli Alakbarov and Administration head Rizvan Aliyev.
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety prepared a special report about Huseynov’s arrest and released it on 14 February 2008. Through the investigation carried out by IRFS it was determined that Huseynov was arrested as a result of an operation carried out by law-enforcement organs (Huseynov’s arrest was broadcast on TV channels and a smear campaign against independent press began in pro-government newspapers) to distract people from paying attention to the absence of a pardon decree on the National Press Day (22 July). Huseynov was repeatedly provoked by Rizvan Aliyev into receiving money. Huseynov’s court investigation was flawed by a series of law violations.
To download the report in Azeri: