13 Sep 2016 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 01 Apr 2015 Azerbaijan
Independent Senior Journalist Parviz Hashimli Jailed in Azerbaijan
Parviz Hashimli is the editor of the indepedent news website Moderator and a reporter for the independent newspaper Bizim Yol. On 17 September 2013, agents of the National Security Agency (MNB) arrested Hashimli, allegedly after having found a pistol and several hand grenades in his home. The Baku-based press freedom group Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety is convinced that the charges against Hashimli were fabricated. On 15 May 2014, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced the journalist to eight years in prison.
13 Sep 2016: On 17 March 2016, Parviz Hashimli was released following presidential pardon. On 13 September 2016, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom. Presidential pardon
17 Mar 2016
Journalist Parviz Hashimli was released along with 147 other prisoners, on 17 March 2016, following presidential pardon.
01 Jun 2015
Reply by the Government of Azerbaijan