30 Dec 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 30 Dec 2019 n° 151/2019 Azerbaijan

Blogger Mehman Huseynov Beaten by Police

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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Late at night on 27 December, Mehman Huseynov, a blogger and journalist, was detained by a police squad in Baku a few minutes after he held a solo protest in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs demanding the release of rapper Parviz Guluzade. Huseynov was severely beaten in the car by several police officers, and then left in a wasteland on the outskirts of the city. Just after the attack, Huseynov recorded a video in which he spoke about how he was beaten by six policemen, who "were very cruel, beat him, humiliated him, accused him of organizing the rally and threatened to do worse the next time." On 28 December, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media called on the authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation into this matter, and bring those responsible to justice.
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31 Dec 2019
OSCE media freedom representative reacts after attack on blogger
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Mehman Huseynov

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