28 Aug 2015 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 30 Jun 2015 n° 9/2015 Azerbaijan

Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner Article 19
Partner Article 19
On 26 June 2015, Meydan TV Director Emin Milli reported that he had received a threat from the Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov, in connection with his critical reporting on the European Games, which concluded on 28 June 2015 in Baku. According to Milli, who is now based in Germany, the following threat reached him through an intermediary on behalf of the Sport Minister: "What harm has [the] Azerbaijani state done to you? We will get you wherever you are and the state will punish you for this smear-campaign against the state that you have organized. You will get punished for this. You will not be able to walk freely in Berlin or anywhere else. You must know this". Milli has publically stated that he believes the threat can be traced directly to President Aliyev, arguing that Rahimov would not have acted without presidential approval.

Milli, a former prisoner of conscience in Azerbaijan, heads Meydan TV, a Berlin-based online television station that provides alternative news coverage of Azerbaijan and is well known for its outspoken criticism of the Azerbaijani government and campaigning for Azerbaijan’s political prisoners.
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28 Aug 2015
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