Statement: Ahead of Presidential Elections, Crackdown on Media and Activists Continues

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) strongly condemns the two months pre-trial detention of Yeni Musavat newspaper columnist Tofig Yagublu and calls for the withdrawal of the trumped-up charged brought against him. IRFS also expresses its grave concern about increasing repression of activists and an accompanying clampdown on freedom of expression in Azerbaijan ahead of the Presidential elections due to take place in October.The Yeni Musavat newspaper columnist, Tofig Yagublu was sentenced to two months in pre-trial detention after being charged with ‘public...
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