Attacks on the Press 2010: Azerbaijan

Committee to Protect Journalists Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) –

Top Developments
• European Court orders release of Eynulla Fatullayev; government still jails editor.
• News sites report periodic blocking, typically when sensitive stories are posted.


Key Statistic
Journalists interrogated by security agents after running a statement from the jailed Fatullayev

The authoritarian government of President Ilham Aliyev relied on imprisonments and an atmosphere of impunity to suppress independent journalism. Aliyev, who essentially inherited the presidency of the strategic Caspian Sea nation from his father, used the country’s vast oil and gas resources to play off the competing interests of traditional partners Russia and Turkey with those of newer allies such as the European Union and the United States.

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Azerbaijan

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