06 Apr 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 30 Jun 2017 Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Director of Internet Television Re-arrested

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Aziz Orujov, director of internet television Kanal 13, was re-arrested on 1 June 2017 in Azerbaijan. On 2 May he was found guilty by court of committing an administrative offence - disobedience to a lawful order by police officer - and sentenced for 30 days. On 1 June, two hours before his expected release, he was taken to the Serious Crimes Investigation Department, then charged with illegal entrepreneurship with large income and abuse of official power. The judge has ordered the journalist's pre-trial detention for four months. After Ojurov's arrest, searches have been conducted in his apartment and in the office of Kanal 13. Computers, electronic carriers and documents were confiscated. Orujov's wife said that she is concerned about Ojurov's health because he suffers from chronic diseases. Media reported that the case against Ojurov is connected with his professional activities. Kanal 13 produces programmes on social and economic topics, presenting, among other things, positions of independent experts and opposition politicians.
Updates
06 Apr 2018
On 5 April 2018, the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan released Aziz Orujov on a suspended three-year sentence.
20 Feb 2018
On 20 February 2018, the Baku Appeal Court upheld the verdict against Aziz Orujov. The defense intends to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.
18 Dec 2017
On 15 December 2017 the Baku Court for Serious Crimes sentenced Aziz Orujov to 6 years for illegal business and misappropriation of funds.
Follow-ups
06 Apr 2018
OSCE media freedom representative welcomes release of journalist Aziz Orudjev in Azerbaijan
18 Dec 2017
OSCE media freedom representative calls on Azerbaijan authorities to end restrictive measures detrimental to journalists’ freedom and safety
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