Tag archive of Meydan TV

Main Organized Crime Department confirms journalist Shirin Abbasov never waived his right to a lawyer

Main Organized Crime Department confirms journalist Shirin Abbasov never waived his right to a lawyer   The Interior Ministry’s Main Organized Crime Department (MOCD) confirmed that Shirin Abbasov, a journalist with Meydan TV, did not waive his right to a lawyer of his choice at the time of detention, said Elchin Sadigov on November 17.   The lawyer noted that he had received a response to his letter to the MOCD. The response letter states

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Shirin Abbasov released after serving out his sentence

  Meydan TV journalist Shirin Abbasov, who has been held at the Main Organised Crime Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs since 16 September, has been released into his family’s custody, reported his lawyer Elchin Sadigov.   According to the lawyer, neither he nor Shirin Abbasov’s colleagues has seen him.   Background: Shirin Abbasov, a journalist cooperating with Meydan TV, was sentenced by Yasamal District Court to

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Journalist’s brothers detained

  On 13 October, the two brothers of Meydan TV Editor Gunel Movlud, Raji and Vekil Imanov, were detained by police, reported Movlud’s father Vezir Imanov.   “Vekil was on his way home from work in a car with his colleagues in the evening. According to his colleagues, there were four of them in the car and they had not driven far when the police stopped the car and took my son to Bilesuvar Regional Police Office. I went to the police

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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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Meydan TV employee detained

 Journalist Aytaj Ahmadova, who cooperates with Meydan TV, was detained by the Main Organised Crime Department on 16 September 16 at 16.00, while out shopping with a Meydan TV intern. The latter wished to remain anonymous. The two women were detained together and later released at 21. (more…)

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Meydan TV staff questioned

  On September 1, Meydan TV journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi gave a statement at the Serious Crimes Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, following an interrogation by investigator Ramiz Allahverdiyev. According to the journalist, she was first questioned about the events that took place in Mingecehvir on August 20. “They told me that the footage shot in Mingechevir is considered an investigation secret. Then they asked

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Additional Meydan TV employees face questioning

  On September 3, Shirin Abbasov, a journalist cooperating with Meydan TV, was summoned to the Serious Crimes Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office in connection with Bahruz Hajiyev’s death in Mingechevir police department. Abbasov said that while he had been officially summoned in relation to the Mingechevir case, he was then questioned about Meydan TV. He added that he had been named as a witness in the Mingechevir

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Lawyer Adil Ismayilov issues statement on arrest of Emin Milli’s brother-in-law

 Lawyer Adil Ismayilov issues statement on arrest of Emin Milli’s brother-in-law   On July 30, lawyer Adil Ismayilov reported on the criminal case against Nazim Abagayov, the brother-in-law of Meydan TV Director Emin Milli.   “Nazim Agabayov was detained by officers of the Office for Combating Drugs of Baku City Main Police Department near the Bol Market shopping center on Mir Jalal Street in Binagady district, while he was driving

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Families of human rights defenders under attack in Azerbaijan

Families of human rights defenders under attack in Azerbaijan   The Azerbaijani regime is trying to silence human rights defenders in exile by targeting their families and loved ones – those whom they were forced to leave behind.     On 22 July, Ganimat Zahid, the Editor-in-Chief of Azadliq newspaper currently in exile in France, issued an official statement regarding the authorities’ actions against his relatives:  

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Ministry of Internal Affairs: There is no travel ban on Meydan TV staff

  On July 27, the Ministry of Internal Affairs provided an official response to the inquiry from Meydan TV staff regarding the travel ban that border guards had told them they had been placed under.  Arziman Aliyev, the Head of the Interior Ministry’s Passport, Registration and Migration Office, stated in his letter, “The Ministry of Internal Affairs has not imposed any restrictions relating to your ability to leave the country. You

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