Statement: Free Zeynalli, stop attacks on media freedom

Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) strongly denounces the 16-month pre-trial detention of Khural newspaper chief editor Avaz Zeynalli and calls on the government for his immediate release and rehabilitation. IRFS resolutely condemns the public prosecutor’s request for 11-year jail sentence for Avaz Zeynalli, and considers this move as another calculated attack on media freedom amid pre-election crackdown. IRFS is dismayed that the charges have not been dropped against journalist immediately after main plaintiff in Zeynalli’s case, former MP Gular Ahmadova, was yesterday taken into custody in connection with...
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