Senior Journalist Araz Guliyev Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Azerbaijan

Update: 29 Feb 2016 State replied
Year 01 Apr 2015 Country Azerbaijan Category B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ , Index Alert level Level 1
01 Apr 2015 Azerbaijan B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists State EFJ/IFJ , Index Level 1

Araz Guliyev is the editor- in- chief of an Islamic website called Xeber44.com. He was arrested on hooliganism charges on 8 September 2012, while reporting on a protest in the southeastern city of Masally. During Guliyev's pre-trial detention, authorities expanded his charges to "illegal possession, storage, and transportation of firearms, inciting ethnic and religious hatred, offensive action against the flag and emblem of Azerbaijan." On 5 April 2013, the Lankaran Court on Grave Crimes sentenced Guliyev to eight years in prison. Guliyev's lawyer said that the charges against the journalist were not substantiated in court. Alert : 1 detention

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01 Jun 2015 : Reply by the Government of Azerbaijan
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