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Investigation completed in late journalist’s case

The investigation of the criminal case launched in connection with the murder of the former chairman and Board member of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), journalist Rasim Aliyev, has been completed, reported Asabali Mustafayev, the Aliyev family’s lawyer on December 9.   The lawyer said that the decision was announced at the Baku City Prosecutor’s Office on December 8, where he was waiting with the late journalist’s

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Investigation of late journalist’s case extended

The investigation into the murder of the late journalist, former IRFS chairman Rasim Aliyev, has been extended by three months, reported the lawyer Asabali Mustafayev, who is defending the late journalist’s rights, on November 26.   The lawyer said that the detention of those arrested in connection with the case has also been extended by three months.   According to Mustafayev the investigator has failed to inform him about the investigative

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Court suspends proceedings in IRFS case

  On October 1, Baku Administrative Economic Court #1, chaired by judge Elchin Mammadov, held another hearing on the lawsuit filed by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) requesting the annulment of the October 17 2014 decision by the Tax Audit Department. During the hearing, the defendant’s representative submitted a motion to suspend the proceedings on the basis that “investigations in the criminal case opened against

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Joint STATEMENT: Sport for Rights Calls for Release of Detained Journalist, End to Pressure against Independent Media

  Azerbaijan: Sport for Rights Calls for Release of Detained Journalist, End to Pressure against Independent Media   The Sport for Rights Coalition condemns the Azerbaijani authorities’ extensive pressure against the staff of independent online television station Meydan TV, as part of a wider unprecedented crackdown on free expression and independent media. Following months of increased pressure in the aftermath of the European Games

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Statement by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety on the conviction of Khadija Ismayilova

    IRFS strongly condemns the 7.5- year prison sentence rendered against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova who was convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, illegal business activity, and abuse of power, following a brief trial in Baku.   IRFS believes the charges against Ismayilova are politically motivated and are a form of retribution for her groundbreaking reporting on the financial dealings of high-level

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Journalists demand accountability for the doctors who treated Rasim Aliyev

 Journalists demand accountability for the doctors who treated Rasim Aliyev   On 27 August, a group of journalists gathered in front of the Baku City Prosecutor’s office, demanding punishment of the doctors who they believed acted negligently in the death of late journalist Rasim Aliyev, the Chairman and board member of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety who was beaten severely on 8 August and died the following day in

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JOINT STATEMENT: Journalist Rasim Aliyev murdered as human rights crackdown continues in aftermath of European Games

  JOINT STATEMENT   August 10, 2015   Azerbaijan: Journalist Rasim Aliyev murdered as human rights crackdown continues in aftermath of European Games     The Sport for Rights coalition resolutely condemns the brutal murder of Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev, who died on 9 August in a Baku hospital, after he was severely beaten on 8 August by a group of people. Rasim Aliyev had reported receiving continuous

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IRFS outraged over journalist Rasim Aliyev’s murder

  Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Statement   August 10, 2015                       Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety is in shock over the murder of our longtime employee and board member, current Chairman Rasim Aliyev. On August 8, 2015, unknown persons beat Aliyev to within inches of his life. He died several hours later in a

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JOINT STATEMENT: Anniversary of human rights defender’s arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan

JOINT STATEMENT July 30, 2015      Anniversary of human rights defender’s arrest marks one year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan     A year after the Azerbaijani government launched an unprecedented crackdown on human rights, the situation in the country continues to deteriorate. The Sport for Rights Coalition calls on the international community to immediately and publicly condemn the government of Azerbaijan's

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