June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Elchin Hasanov Receive email alerts to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by yesterday’s Azerbaijani appeal court decision to uphold journalist Elchin Hasanov’s conviction on a trumped-up hooliganism charge and to confirm his sentence, which is to pay part of his salary to the state for one year. The act of hooliganism supposedly took place when, after being the target of a smear campaign, Hasanov met with one of the campaign’s organizers to ask him to end the smears. This person attacked Hasanov verbally and physically during the meeting, as attested in a medical certificate issued at the time. Hasanov immediately filed a complaint with the police but, in the course of the ensuing two months, the case backfired. After he gave his initial statement, the police responded by banning him from leaving the country. Then he found himself accused of having attacked his aggressor. This role reversal occured shortly after the publication of an article by Hasanov describing how goods reserved for the army were being sold on the black market. The charge was upgraded to “knife attack,” for which the prosecutor requested a sentence of three and a half years in prison. But, in the absence of any supporting evidence, it was quickly changed again to hooliganism, the charge on which he was finally convicted and sentenced to a year of work in the general interest. In Azerbaijan, this means handing part of your salary over to the state every month. “We are outraged by this decision, which condemns Elchin Hasanov to destitution,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We are only too familar with the methods of Azerbaijan’s government, which shamelessly uses the judicial system to silence outspoken journalists. These methods must stop.” Charges of hooliganism, assault or possession of drugs are often brought against journalists in Azerbajian. RSF is aware of at least seven journalists and bloggers who are currently detained on trumped-up charges because of their reporting. The best known of these detainees is Seymour Hazi, the presenter of the Azerbaican Saati programme, who has so far served nearly two and a halfyears of a five-year jail sentence for supposedly attacking a man at a bus stop with a plastic bottle. Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News April 9, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Organisation News June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en July 28, 2016 Azerbaijan: RSF outraged by court’s decision to confirm journalist’s sentence
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