Tag archive of Shirin Abbasov

Violation of Journalist Shirin Abbasov’s Rights Continues

  Shirin Abbasov, a freelance journalist collaborating with Meydan TV, was sentenced to 30 days of administrative detention in September 2015. While in detention, he was prevented from meeting with his lawyer, Elchin Sadigov. After his release, Shirin Abbasov gave a written statement revealing that he had been subjected to torture at the Main Organized Crime Department (MOCD), and forced to give a statement to the authorities. On 15 December

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Journalist Shirin Abbasov says he has received death threats

  On November 19, Shirin Abbasov, a journalist cooperating with Meydan TV, said that he has been threatened by employees of the Main Organized Crime Department (MOCD). According to the journalist, despite having served his prison sentence, official harassment is continuing. “I just go to university and do not engage in other activity. But the MOCD and the MNS (Ministry of National Security) are threatening me with arrest and even death. (more…)

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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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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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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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Meydan TV staff banned from leaving the country

  ​On 30 June, four Meydan TV employees were prevented from travelling to Tbilisi. Border guards told them that they were under a travel ban, apparently imposed that same day.   When the employees - Natig Javadli, Shirin Abbasov, Elnur Mukhtarov and Ayten Alakbarova - asked about the reasons for the ban, they were told to submit an enquiry to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.   Emin Milli, the Berlin-based Director of Meydan TV,

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