Freelance Journalist, Nijat Amiraslanov, Sentenced to 30 Days Imprisonment
On 23 May 2017 Amiraslanov appeared before Gazakh Regional Court, which found him guilty under Article 535.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences (‘disobeying police orders’) and sentenced him to 30 days’ administrative arrest.
According to reports by the Turan news agency in Azerbaijan, human rights activist, Bashir Suleymanly, believes that Amiraslanov was detained as a result of recent posts he has made on social media which are critical of the Azerbaijani authorities.
- Report published on the Mapping Media Freedom Platform: “Azerbaijan: Journalist sentenced to administrative detention "
- Report published by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS): “Journalist Arrested in Gazakh Region”
- CPJ report: “Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to 30 days in prison”
- Article published on Radio Azadliq's website : "Азербайджане журналиста отправили под арест на 30 суток"
- Article published by Meydan TV: "В Газахе журналист получил 30 суток административного ареста"
Key information :Nijat Amiraslanov
A freelance journalist believed to have been arrested in retaliation his critical reporting on poverty and local corruption in Gazakh region as well as a number of posts on social media.