Statement: Government must immediately release journalist Tofig Yagublu

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) strongly condemns the Appeals Court decision to uphold the pre-trial detention of Yeni Musavat newspaper columnist Tofig Yagublu and calls for the withdrawal of the trumped-up charged brought against him. Tofig Yagublu, the Yeni Musavat newspaper columnist, was sentenced to two months in pre-trial detention after being charged with ‘public order offence’ and ‘resisting representatives of the authorities’. As such, on February 4th Yagublu was summoned  to the Department for Investigation of Grave Crimes under the General Prosecutor’s...

Ilgar Mammadov and Tofig Yagublu to remain in pretrial detention

On February 8th the Baku Appeals Court, chaired by Judge Mirzali Abbasov, heard the appeal filed by Yeni Musavat newspaper columnist Tofig Yagublu against the February 4th decision of Nasimi District Court to sentence him to pretrial detention. The judge upheld the original decision.In a separate sitting presided over by Judge Faig Gasimov, the Appeals Court denied the appeal filed by REAL Movement chairman and Baku Political Studies School director Ilgar Mammadov against the same decision of Nasimi District Court. Background: Ilgar Mammadov and Tofig Yagublu...

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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