27 Sep 2016 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 27 Sep 2016 Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Journalist Gasimov Farahim Ilqar Dismissed

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ Index RSF
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Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 AEJ Index RSF
Azerbaijani journalist Gasimov Farahim Ilqar, working for a private media group, was dismissed from his employment on 12 September 2016 after posting a photo on Facebook showing the success of a rally organized by the National Council of Democratic Forces, an umbrella organisation uniting part of the country’s opposition forces and which had been banned by the government. The demonstrators were protesting in the frame of an upcoming referendum that would give Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev greater powers and a longer term in office.

The journalist told the IFJ/EFJ that the day after posting the picture he was fired by Vusala Mahirgizi, head of private media group APA Holding. According to Mahirgizi, the incident had been reported to the Presidential Administration, the executive branch of Aliyev. The journalist said he was fired under pressure from public authorities. Gasimov Farahim Ilqar had worked for APA Holding since 2013.
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